"We are so grateful for each and every donation - for each dollar makes the difference in the life of a child” -Harry Keswani
The Harry K Foundation would like to extend a very gracious "thank you"
to our benefactors, donators, organizers, and volunteers who came together to create a truly magical evening this past December 2013. The inaugural Harry K Foundation Charity Christmas Ball was a smashing success!
We set a lofty goal for our H4 initiative and, while we may have come up a little short, we are ecstatic about the outpouring of generosity from our local area. In total, the community came together to raise over $80,000! Not only did we all get together to support the community, but took part in sharing an evening filled with memorable times.
The Foundation would like to thank the Cape Henlopen High School JROTC for welcoming and escorting guests upon arrival to the Ball at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Guests were led into a beautifully decorated hall and “greeted” with trays of champagne and wine. Folks were encouraged to browse through the over 100 graciously donated items on display for the Silent Auction. The cocktail reception was followed by those in attendance being formally called to dinner, with the Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard “presenting the Colors.” Miss Delaware Rebecca Lee Jackson, then sang the National Anthem. After founder Harry Keswani’s opening remarks and dinner, two custom-designed, collectable jewelery pieces were auctioned off. The evening commenced with dancing to the “Funsters.” All in attendance had a memorable evening and look forward to next year’s event!
Several dignitaries and notable politicians were present to champion this amazing cause and support their beloved community:
- U.S. Senator and Mrs. Thomas Carper
- Drew Slater representing US Congressman John Carney's office
- Emily Cunningham from the Lieutenant Governor's Office
- State Senator and Mrs. Ernesto Lopez
- State House Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf
- State Representative and Mrs. Steve Smyk
- Dewey Mayor Diane Hanson
- Deputy Commander Michael Nelson - State Police Troop 7
The Harry K Foundation has been busy working towards accomplishing the many goals set forth to distribute the monies gathered for the H4 initiative.
The Foundation, working with the Food Bank of Delaware, opened Food Pantries in schools including: West Seaford Elementary (now open), Cape Henlopen High School (coming soon), Sussex Consortium (opening soon), The Carver Center in the Indian River School District (to open September 1st), and Seaford High School (also opening soon). These pantries are open Monday-Friday, during the hours of school operation.
Collaborating with the Community Resource Center, the Harry K Foundation celebrated the opening of a Baby Pantry on March 27th. It is located at 37510 Oyster House Road, in Rehoboth. The hours of operation are 10a.m. untill noon, every 1st Monday and 4th Thursday of every month.
Food collection containers were also distributed to local businesses, including Walmart, Food Lion, Super Fresh and Giant. These containers are always available to accept donations, and are attended to regularly, with the items being collected and distributed to the various pantries.
The Harry K Foundation is already busy at work planning this year’s charity ball set for Saturday, December 6th, at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Tickets will be on sale soon…donations are always being encouraged and accepted!
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