Tender Hearts to Host Gala to Benefit Exceptional Care for Children

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In an effort to assist ECC with fundraising for their continued expansion, Tender Hearts, Inc. in joint efforts with Doherty & Associates, Inc. is hosting a “Casino Night” Black Tie Optional Gala on Friday November 6th at the Waterfall Banquet & Conference Center on Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington, DE from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm. There will be casino tables, a silent auction, raffles, photo booth, dinner and drinks, as well DJ’d entertainment and dancing.

Medically fragile children are becoming an increasing part of the population especially in our area with its high saturation of state-of-the-art children’s hospitals. Providing care for a medically fragile child with chronic health care conditions is not only very emotional but also very expensive. From mounting medical bills, special needs, employment stability, and the general emotional toll, it is challenging and daunting.

With this in mind, the Doherty family has founded Tender Hearts, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. The Doherty’s have made it their mission is to support children with diverse medical needs in order to create a better quality of life for them. “There are so many children that are born with disabilities, injuries, and/or diseases. These little angels were never given the opportunity to grow their wings and become healthy,” said Debbie Doherty, Founder and Chairperson of Tender Hearts.

As part of our mission, each year Tender Hearts, Inc., in a joint efforts with Doherty & Associates, Inc., works to find an organization to support and hold a charity fundraiser! This year we are pleased to announce Exceptional Care for children as our 2015 organization. “This decision seemed like an immediate fit”, said Mike Doherty, president of Tender Hearts. “Our mission to help medically fragile children is right in line with what this marvelous facility embodies”

Exceptional Care for Children, ECC, a local facility set on 7.7 tranquil acres in Newark, DE, is determined to provide a home for children who are medically-fragile and technology dependent. They are listed amongst the top 100 nursing homes in the country according to US News and World Report and they provide transitional, long-term and palliative or end-of-life care to these inspiring children in a home-like environment. When a child is medically fragile they may require tube feedings, oxygen therapy, suctioning, tracheostomy care, or a ventilator. They may have limited mobility and require special health care support. This is where ECC makes a difference. ECC features 31 unique and beautiful bedrooms along with colorful living rooms and cheerful program spaces, but the organization is working to raise support for an expanded and enhanced therapy and education space. With this additional space, ECC will have an opportunity to continue providing children with innovative and impactful programming. The organization strives each day to meet its mission statement which reads: “Exceptional Care for Children provides a haven for healing fragile bodies when improvement is possible and a refuge for nurturing vulnerable spirits when a cure is unattainable”. “Exceptional Care for Children is honored to be a part of Tender Hearts’ first charity fundraiser. We are grateful for their support and look forward to this exciting event” said Annette Moore, Nursing Home Administrator.

In an effort to assist ECC with fundraising for their continued expansion, Tender Hearts, Inc. in joint efforts with Doherty & Associates, Inc. is hosting a “Casino Night” Black Tie Optional Gala on Friday November 6th at the Waterfall Banquet & Conference Center on Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington, DE from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm. There will be casino tables, a silent auction, raffles, photo booth, dinner and drinks, as well DJ’d entertainment and dancing.

Tender Hearts, Inc., can only achieve its goals with the assistance of generous donations from members of our community. The organization relies on the generosity of individuals and local businesses. We ask you to consider a donation to our cause through a sponsorship, silent auction item, or attending our event.

“We’ve already seen such an outpouring from the community”, said Debbie Doherty. “Sponsors such as WSTW, Comcast, ADP, Joe Lumi, Inc., Del Haven Jewelers, Pop Dots, and Elite Athletic Fitness have been tremendously generous. We also have been donated some amazing items for our silent auction”.

“This is a fun way to give to a great cause”, said Kate Fox of Tender Hearts. “In addition to a great evening the ticket price of $125.00 includes a $25.00 to chip to gamble with, silent auction items, and tons of raffles. Since $75.00 of your ticket is tax deductible, when you do the math it’s like paying $25.00.”

Please visit our website http://www.tenderheartsde.org to make a donation or purchase your ticket for the event today. You will receive a letter confirming your donation for your 2015 tax filing. We hope that you will help support our efforts by joining us for a special evening.
For more information about this event please visit our website http://www.tenderheartsde.org
For more information about ECC please visit http://www.exceptionalcare.org

For media inquiries or sponsorship information, please contact
Kate Fox, Director of Marketing
302-239-3500
katef(at)tenderheartsde.org

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