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The Next Generation (TNG) of Southern Delaware, a philanthropy organization composed of young, local professionals, is hosting their second annual fundraiser, “Chowdown for Charity” on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 6 to 9pm at the Clubhouse at Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware.This year’s event, featuring a tasting competition between several favorite restaurants in both Kent and Sussex Counties, will raise money to support the group’s commitment to organizations that advocate for children’s mental health.

The Next Generation Southern Delaware, was launched by The Delaware Community Foundation in July of 2012, creating an organization where young professionals can experience the operations and governing of a Board of Directors. In their first year alone, the group raised $12,500 that was donated to local organizations that support Children’s Mental Health. President of the group, Milford’s own Jason Adkins, states that the organization is growing in both scope and influence among local communities.

“It is a great opportunity for young professionals looking to get involved with a group that is giving something back to the community,” commented Adkins. Active membership has increased to approximately 38 members this year.

Members of the young professional board are as diverse as the organizations they are aiming to support. A great networking opportunity for future leaders, TNG is composed of government workers, legislators, attorneys, small business owners, professors, financial advisors and non-profit staff members.

“In addition to giving back to the community it is also a great networking opportunity for young professionals,” commented Adkins. “The Next Generation gives young people a chance to be on a board of directors and get some valuable experience.”

Setting the group’s fundraising target this year at $35,000, President Adkins is looking to attract new members to support fundraising efforts and assist with the grant application process. The organization is currently raising money to support programs for child mental health services including, but not limited to, victims of abuse, suicide prevention and anti-bullying efforts. The Next Generation of Southern Delaware will be accepting applications from non-profit organizations this June.

For more information on the group, individuals are encouraged to visit TNG online at www.delcf.org/TNG or on Facebook. Perspective members are welcome to join TNG Southern Delaware during their monthly meetings, the second Thursday of every month at the Milford Library at 6pm.

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