Saturday, October 17, 2020

7:00 PM



One thing we can be sure of is that it is time for our annual fundraiser. As we are planning, we can say without hesitation WE NEED YOUR HELP! Much of what we do at this agency is provide education and support to people interested in adopting and also to people who have already adopted. What that means is we try to be available to help you – now we need you to help us.

On October 17, 2020, we will host a virtual fundraiser, “Music from the Heart: IMAGINE a Bright Future for Every Child.” This is certainly different from what we have done before, but we are not able to assure safety if we have something face-to-face. So, we are planning a great evening that will highlight our annual musical performances by Sonny Leo and friends, as well as stories from our kids and families. We will also have our silent and live auctions. We also plan to have a small number of raffle items – more information to come. But we will have good stuff! We will be having some surprises (as if this whole format is not enough of a surprise). Since we are doing our entire event virtually, we have reached out to One Cause, a national consulting group, to advise and support us on the technical aspects of this event.

Because we are not coming together in-person, raising money will be much more difficult. We rely on this fundraiser to provide many of the services we provide for our families. So, we need you to support us. We will be asking for a small donation for you to be able to connect to the event; you might invite one or two families to come to your home and share this with you. You might donate something for the auctions. We have thought about asking our families (and others if they would like) to consider creating a basket for us to auction. Each year we have a wonderful array of items. Since we will be delivering two winners, it will be important to have the baskets (and items) be somewhat substantial. BY THE WAY, WE WILL HAVE ONLINE BIDDING PRIOR TO THE EVENT. We will need to know of your donations before October 1, 2020.

More information will be forthcoming; however, we wanted to give you time to think about how you could be a part of helping us support families opening their homes to our waiting children. We also want you to be available to participate in our event. No need to get a sitter, no need to question the food being served, no need to get dressed up. You can participate from your own home.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call Mary Lou Edgar at 302-545-3361 or our office at 302-746-7265. We hope to hear from many of you and to share our evening with you. It will be good to all work together in order to help ALL our children have a bright future!

Music from the Heart: IMAGINE a Bright Future for Every Child

An Original production created exclusively for A Better Chance for Our Children by Sonny Leo

About Sonny Leo
Sonny is a native of Wilmington, Delaware, having taught for the Anna Marie Dance Studio for over 35 years. His professional performing credits span over three decades. Although Delaware has been his home, his performing career has taken him throughout our country. His credits include touring with Freda Payne in the Broadway production of Sophisticated Ladies, working with Anthony Newley in the pre-Broadway show Chaplin, and working with many other greats including Maurice Hines and Dee Hoyt. Sonny has also worked with many Philadelphia theaters including the Walnut Street Theatre, the Kimmel Center, Society Hill Playhouse and the Penn’s Landing Theater.

Sonny became a member of “our family” when he adopted his son through A Better Chance for Our Children.



Your Support is Valued

Join us as a Sponsor

Join us as a Sponsor! 

Donate an item for our silent auction, live auction or raffle.

The Value of Supporting Our Event

You can support our event and have a special evening out with a group of family, friends, or other guests or perhaps treat a few important clients.

A sponsorship includes media recognition and promotion of your company as a proud supporter of this event.

We can also work with you to create a specific sponsor package to make this a most beneficial and valued opportunity for your organization.

All donations will be given mention in event promotion materials.

Live Auction

Last year’s auction items included:

  • Eagles Football tickets
  • St. Lucia Vacation Villa
  • A luxurious evening out with all the trimmings.

Raffle & Silent Auction

Last year’s donations included a variety of items such as salon gift certificates, fine art, and passes to Disney World! We are looking for prizes that are at least $50 in value. Each prize at the event includes a mention of the donor, so everyone at the event will get to see your name and what you donated!


You will be recognized in the event website. Your item will be certain to attract those who know you well while introducing your business to potential new customers!

If you do not have a product or service to display you may consider purchasing an item that is sure to draw a crowd (the newest “it” bag perhaps) and have your company name and logo as the donor of the item.

Headliner Sponsor $5,000 or Higher

  • Prominent recognition on Event Website and Headliner Link to Sponsor Website
  • Social Media Coverage
  • Recognized as Headliner Sponsor in all promotional materials and Prominent Ad at Event

Gold Sponsor $2,500

  • Prominent recognition on Event Website and Headliner Link to Sponsor Website
  • Social Media Coverage
  • Recognized as Gold Sponsor in all promotional materials and Prominent Ad at Event

Silver Sponsor $1,000

  • Prominent recognition on Event Website and Headliner Link to Sponsor Website
  • Social Media Coverage
  • Recognized as Silver Sponsor in all promotional materials and Ad at Event

Bronze Sponsor $500

  • Prominent recognition on Event Website and Headliner Link to Sponsor Website
  • Social Media Coverage
  • Recognized as Bronze Sponsor in all promotional materials and Logo at Event

Contribution Verification

A Better Chance for Our Children, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 corporation identified by the Internal Revenue Service. Federal Tax ID# is 27-1621216.
We will provide you with the documentation of the value of your contribution to this agency.



Thank you to our sponsors!

Music from the Heart could not have been possible without the support of so many organizations, businesses and individuals. However, in the interest of time, we are limiting our remarks to our sponsors BUT there will be information on our web site for both sponsors and donors. We thank them all and value every gift and donation they have made.

The programs supported by these sponsors, together with all those who provided donations and support for this event, have allowed us to provide services to adoptive families in Delaware – so that we can continue

Individual Sponsorship-level donations were provided by all of our
Board Members (and their spouses), plus:
Ed and Veronica Gordon and
Joe and Debi Edgar

Now, for our corporate and business sponsorships:

Our HEADLINER Sponsors ($5000 or more) were provided by:

Our GOLD Sponsors ($2500 or more) include:

Gonser & Gonser
Drew Gonser

Aztec Printing
3636 Silverside Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810

(302) 478-1969

Jeff Durham

SHEpherd Consulting
Dina Toto

Our SILVER Sponsors (at the $1000 level) include:

Morton, Valihura & Zapato
Bob Valihura

Beau Biden Foundation Protecting children and confronting abuse Patty Dailey Lewis

Unlimited Construction
Vaughn Charlton

Vernita Dorsey

Finally, we want to thank all our $500 Bronze Sponsors:

GFP Cement Contractors
Dominic Papa

Dewson Construction John Grieshaber

Arthur Hall
Cynthia Chmelewski

Kirkin Exteriors
Sarah Holiday

OK Video

Full-service Video Production & Digital Media – Since 1982

Larsen & Landis
John Grieshaber

State Farm
Christina Przyuski, State Farm Agent
1601 Concord Pike, Suite 69
Wilmington, DE 19803

Simply Divine
Valerie Reilly
Graphic Design • Websites • Printing

Continental Jewelers
Chrysa Cohen

Brandywine Design Guild, LLC
Joe Zebleckes, AIA

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