Harvey, Hanna & Associates (HHA) commitment to the community remained strong in 2017. From hosting and coordinating the annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K Series, to its monthly Movies on Tap campaign, on-going corporate giving initiative and inaugural Operation Warm Newport campout for coats, Harvey, Hanna & Associates and its in-house charitable organization, The Delaware KIDS Fund ,helped raise in total $161,882 for various programs and missions throughout the State of Delaware.
From generation to generation, philanthropy has consistently played a pivotal role throughout Harvey, Hanna’s evolution as a company. The tradition of giving back to the community has remained a longstanding HHA core value since the early 1940’s. To this day, the entire HHA organization demonstrates a leadership role in corporate philanthropy.
In 2017, HHA demonstrated this leadership role through a series of fun (and unique events).
Movies on Tap – Year Round
HHA’s own Ryan Kennedy founded and launched Movie’s on Tap in 2016 with partners Penn Cinema and Out & About Magazine. Movies on Tap is a monthly series that features a different brewery, cult-classic movie on the big screen while ticket sales benefit the brewery’s charity of choice. Attendees pay $20 for movie admission, beer tasting flights from the participating brewery, unlimited popcorn with 100% of ticket sales being donated to the monthly charity. In 2017 (Season 2), Movies on Tap raised over $44,000. Since 2016, Movies on Tap has helped raised over $57,000 (season’s 1 and 2 combined) and has supported 22 non-profit organizations. These non-profits ranged from childhood hunger, cancer research, animal shelters, education programs and many more. Movies on Tap has also been recognized by The Delaware Press Association, winning 1st Place for Communications Programs and Campaigns for Public Service. Movies on Tap is currently enjoying its third season of bringing together the elements of movies, beer and community.
The Delaware KIDS Fund 5K Series – August
2017 marked the 8th year for The Delaware KIDS Fund 5K Series. Hosted in Newport and Dewey Beach, over two Saturdays in August, this event was designed to raise awareness and funds for the 1 in 5 Delaware children suffering from food insecurity. It was a record breaking year for the 5K series raising over $44,000 for emergency food programs throughout The State of Delaware. Both 5K’s feature a festive event atmosphere including craft beer bars, music, family fun activities, great tasting spreads of food, prizes for every age group, generous give-away items and appearances by local State, County and Town officials as well as appearances by some of Delaware’s most beloved mascots. This year, the series also featured over 42 corporate sponsorships. Newport’s race travels up and down Rt. 4 in the center of Town and in and out of Banning Park. The Dewey Beach race travels Coastal Highway (Route 1) while starting and ending at Lighthouse Cove.
Operation Warm Newport – November
After learning that the 71% of Newport, Delaware’s 1,500 elementary school children live AT or BELOW the poverty line (3 x’s National Average), Harvey, Hanna & Associates and The Delaware KIDS Fund wanted to do something to create positive energy throughout the community and provide confidence to every child in Newport. Operation Warm Newport was a three day camping experience in which members of HHA and local businesses slept overnight, in a field in Newport directly next to Rt. 141, S. James Street, Ayre Street and Market Street. The campers raised money (and awareness) and accepted donations to purchase brand new “Operation Warm” coats for every elementary child in Newport.
Campers braved chilly conditions, pitched tents and built bonfires all in an effort to raise enough money to purchase 1,500 coats. In total, over $37,000 was raised.
100% of the money raised was then used to purchase brand new coats for every single elementary child in Newport. All of the coats were delivered at a coat giving event the week after Thanksgiving. Coats were given to children at Richey Elementary, Richardson Park and Richardson Park Learning Center. Photos of the camping experience as well as recap videos are provided. To date, this may have been the most powerful, emotional and impactful fundraisers any HHA team member has ever participated in. We were fortunate to meet each child and help them get sized for a jacket of their preference. The amazing experience through all of this was to see children walk in, timid and shy and then walk out confident and happy with a brand new coat. This experience created a strong sense of self-esteem, confidence and peer acceptance for over 1,500 children in Newport.
Corporate Giving Initiative
Aside from its own annual events and programs – HHA supports many other local non-profit organizations and charity themed events. From golf tournaments, galas, little league team sponsorships, silent auction items or individual donations to families in need – HHA donated $36,882 in 2017.
Since 1997, HHA has proudly donated nearly $1.8 million dollars to these worthwhile causes and initiatives. Each member of the executive team at HHA currently sits on multiple boards at various non-profits. The team at HHA and The Delaware KIDS Fund continue to raise awareness about critical needs of Delaware youngsters to the rest of the business community.
The Delaware KIDS Fund Foot Note:
In an effort to consolidate the company’s charitable efforts, Thomas J. Hanna and the HHA team created an in-house charitable 501c3 organization, The Delaware KIDS Fund (Kids In Distressed Situations), in 2008. The KIDS Fund was established to help at-risk children in Delaware who may face violence, abuse, learning disabilities, or other distressing situations.