The Club’s Fourth of July barbecue at the White House is 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 helped direct traffic, park cars, and assisted in cleanup. 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.
“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 event, 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.”
The Hermitage Club has maintained this level of contribution to the school since taking over the White House.
In fact, this is the 30th anniversary of the Fourth of July barbecue 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.
The White House barbecue this year saw more than 800 attendees enjoy food and fireworks, helping remind the community what an asset the property is.