The Cowhey Family ShopRite of Warminster has raised more than $11,000 to benefit Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley, a local non-profit that provides free social and emotional support services to area men, women, and children living with cancer.
Funds were raised through a golf tournament that the supermarket is hosting to benefit Gilda’s Club, and through a shopping day held at the Warminster ShopRite in collaboration with Gini and Julia Gramaglia of Gini G’s Salon and Day Spa in Upper Southampton.
“We are extremely grateful to Joe Cowhey, the Cowhey family, and the Warminster ShopRite,” said Kelly Harris, CEO of Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley. “Because Gilda’s Club provides its services at no charge, we rely heavily on the generosity of individual and corporate donors – something the current economy has made more challenging than ever. So I was very moved when Joe called to tell me that his ShopRite wanted to do all this for Gilda’s Club. It was a wonderful reminder that whatever the current situation might be, there are businesspeople like Joe who care about the community and are committed to helping their neighbors in need.”
The shopping event was held on Sunday, Sept. 18 and golf tournament will be held on Monday, Sept. 26 at Five Ponds Golf Course. Gini and Julia Gramaglia, who helped organize the shopping event, had originally introduced the Cowhey family to Gilda’s Club. The Gramaglia sisters are very active supporters of the organization, and Gini is a board member.
Gilda’s Club is named for late Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. Following her own cancer diagnosis, Radner dreamed of seeing communities across the United States where families affected by cancer could find support and understanding and draw courage from other members’ experiences.
Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley is based in Warminster, and operates satellite locations at Abington Memorial Hospital, Doylestown Hospital, and St. Mary Medical Center. The organization offers more than 100 free programs for adults each month, ranging from support groups, to educational lectures/workshops, to social activities stressing health and well-being, such as yoga, Tai Chi, and cooking demonstrations.
An additional 20 free programs each month are geared specifically toward children and teenagers whose lives have already been affected by cancer.
To learn more about Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley, please visit http://gildasclubdelval.org or call the clubhouse at (215) 441-3290.