The Club’s Fourth of July BBQ at the White House in Wilmington is the one of the Club’s largest events of the year, and is open to the local community. As part of the event operations, volunteers from Twin Valley’s soccer team and Spanish Club help direct traffic, park cars and assist in clean up. In recognition of the excellent work by the volunteers, and as part of its ongoing support of the community, the Hermitage Club presented the donation to Twin Valley Athletic Director Buddy Hayford.
“On behalf of the high school, the soccer team and the Spanish Club, I would like to express our gratitude to the Hermitage Club for its continued support,” Hayford said. “This money is immeasurably helpful to the kids, as we can both purchase non-budgeted items for the team and help finance our bi-annual student trip to Spain. We really can’t thank the Club enough.”
The Club has maintained this level of contribution to the school since taking over the White House.
“We hold this event for our members and neighbors every year, and the students who come to help us work extremely hard,” said Johnny Cleanthes, who delivered the check for the Club. Cleanthes oversees the Hermitage Club’s main Clubhouse, helps organize the Fourth of July events, and also sits on the Dover school board. “One of the best parts of my job is being able to deliver these funds to help the school. We look forward to continuing this relationship year after year.”
In fact, this is the 30th anniversary of the Fourth of July BBQ at the White House as supporter of the soccer team. Hayford was approached by one of his soccer players in 1987, suggesting that the team could use the event as a fundraiser. The player was Adam Grinold, whose father happened to own the White House. Three decades later, the tradition continues.
“Over the years we’ve had the ability to purchase warm-ups, t-shirts, equipment and nutritional items for the players,” Hayford said. “And after all these years, the support has grown to enable us to help fund the Spanish Club as well. We thank the Hermitage Club and Jim Barnes for allowing us to continue with this. It’s just awesome.”
The White House BBQ this year saw more than 800 attendees enjoy food and fireworks, helping remind the community what an asset the property is.