Last week, we had some special guests at the Collette headquarters: Louise Dinsmore, the Co-Founder of the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund, and two ‘heart’ campers – Dylan and Darrell. Lynne Kelly of the Collette Foundation presented them with a check for $8,674. The Collette Foundation chose the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund as its 2013 Charity of the Year. The funding will support the nonprofit’s mission and Gabrielle’s Heart Camp – the only camp in Rhode Island exclusively for children with heart disease and congenital heart defects.
The total giving is a result of a $5,000 grant by the Collette Foundation as well as a majority of the company’s “casual Friday dollars.” Collette employees donate $1 toward the Charity of the Year when they wish to dress down on Fridays. At the end of the year, the sum of that Dress Down Fund is matched by the Collette Foundation. In addition, Collette staff volunteered at the nonprofit’s various events learning first-hand the needs and impact of this year’s worthy recipient.
The Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund was established with the mission to become a recognized resource to provide educational, emotional, recreational and financial support to children and families impacted by congenital heart disease, heart defects and severe feeding issues in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The nonprofit was founded by Jeffrey and Louise Dinsmore, shortly after their daughter Gabrielle lost her battle against a congenital heart defect. Despite being diagnosed with heart disease days after birth, the Dinsmore family strived to create a normal environment in the midst of medications, doctor appointments and surgeries. As a result, the family established the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund to serve as a resource for other affected families.
To learn more about the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund, please visit http://heartandhopefund.com
The Collette Foundation donated $5,000 to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and foundation volunteers raised $7,000 more during National Breast Cancer Awareness month to bring the total giving to this wonderful organization to an impressive $12,000. One of the volunteers remarked, “‘Flames of Hope’ is an appropriate name for the weekend event as we encourage all battling breast cancer to continue the fight. The Collette Foundation is “paying it forward” and all of its volunteers are advocates for change in behavior and healthy living. We are strong, we are proud and together we make a difference.”