A donation from the United Way of Delaware has pushed a fund to send hospital workers through a Wilmington light show past its original goal.
United Way’s gift of $5,000 put The Grand’s Healthcare Front-line Workers Holiday Challenge over $15,000. The original goal was $12,000.
The donation will allow 200 hospital workers to take their families through the Winter in Wilmington Light Show set up in the parking lot of Frawley Stadium.
Dan Cruce, chief operating officer of United Way of Delaware, said the donation was a small token of the agency’s appreciation for frontline healthcare workers and their families have put up with for the last nine months.
“The response of our healthcare community in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of heroic,” he said. “From all of us at United Way of Delaware, we say thank you, thank you, thank you and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.”
The Grand is sponsoring the downtown light show with the Riverfront Development Corp., Light Action Inc. and the city of Wilmington. More than 1,000 cars went through last Saturday.
“We are so grateful to United Way for supporting this idea,” said Mark Fields, executive director of The Grand. “We launched this event to bring a little bit of joy and light into the community’s holiday, and nobody deserves that relief more than our health workers. The United Way has helped them and helped The Grand both with one gift.”
The show costs $25 a vehicle, which covers passenger vans up to 12 people.
The fundraiser tickets are going to go to ChristianaCare, St. Francis, Nemours Hospital for Children and Bayhealth. Tickets will be distributed by the hospitals to their front-line staff.
Individuals interested in donating to the cause can make their own gift by clicking here. Corporations or small businesses that are interested in supporting this campaign should contact Kate Baker Frawley at 302-658-7897 x3204 or KBFrawley@grandopera.org.
To buy a ticket for yourself, go to www.TheGrandWilmington.org.