"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 on December 6th, 2014. The second annual Harry K Foundation Charity Christmas Ball was a smashing success!
We set a lofty goal for our H4 initiative, and we are ecstatic about the outpouring of generosity from our local area. In total, the community came together to raise over $100,000! Not only did we all get together to support the community, but we also 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 room with graciously donated items on display for the Silent Auction. The cocktail reception was followed by a presentation of the Colors by the Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard. After founder Harry Keswani’s opening remarks and dinner, there was a live auction of his custom designed pieces. The “Funsters” provided music, and the guests enjoyed an evening of dancing and song. All in attendance had a memorable evening, and we look forward to this year’s Christmas Ball on December 12th.
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.
Collaborating with the Community Resource Center, the Harry K Foundation continues to support the Baby Pantry. It is located at 37510 Oyster House Road, in Rehoboth. The hours of operation are 10 am until noon, the 1st Monday and 4th Thursday of every month.
Over the last year, the Harry K Foundation has been hard at work, sponsoring 208 students in the Delaware Food Bank Backpack Program and helping to feed children through the Second Chance Warrior Program. The foundation has become the only independent foundation that can issue the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Recently, at the Lunch with a Purpose event, the Baywood Foundation Team raised over $5000 in cash and $4,400 in food items for the baby pantry.
Recently, the Harry K Foundation has formalized its structure by establishing a Board of Directors and applying for grants to expand the monetary base for feeding the children. This year,
Mr. Keswani’s goals are to double the number of pantries in operation as well as to add more children to the Backpack Program. The foundation has received grants from the
Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Sussex County, and the Walmart Foundation.
The Harry K Foundation is already busy at work planning this year’s charity ball set for Saturday, December 12th, at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Tickets will be on sale soon…donations are always being encouraged and accepted!
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