Hero: Haley Dellaneva
Haley Dellaneva’s desire to help others started early; at nine years old she kept pestering her dad Paul for extra jobs around the house, along with an advance on her allowance. Paul, motivated by her constant prodding, figured out his daughter’s sudden entrepreneurial spirit sprung from her class’ snack-time policy.
Dellaneva and her classmates were raising funds for families who could not afford the cost of milk during their mid-morning snack.
While in elementary school, Haley started “Haley’s Milk Run,” a community motorcycle run with her dad. Through ticket sales, sponsorships and door prizes, the motorcycle run raises money to buy milk for families that are not able to pay the $28 per semester or $56 per year price of milk.
“Haley’s Milk Run, in the course of five years, has raised over $102,000 for the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo school districts,” Paul Dellaneva says.
Dellaneva, now a 15-year-old freshman at Fargo South High School, still works diligently with her family and friends to maximize each dollar raised by the motorcycle run. A board of family members and friends meet on a monthly basis to plan the summer event and gather donations for door prizes. Participants of Haley’s Milk Run in 2016 had the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
Donations from Haley’s Milk Run has been able to provide nearly 3,400 children with milk during their snack.
Through her work to raise awareness and funds for the community motorcyle run, Haley has met local leaders and celebrities like NBC’s “The Voice” participant Blind Joe.
This year on June 10, the motorcycle run will begin at Sickies Garage Burgers and Brews located at 3431 Fiechtner Drive in Fargo. Haley’s Milk Run has partnered with the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation’s “Got No Milk Program.” Fargo Public Schools Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, works to secure a variety of resources to enrich and enhance the quality of education provided by the Fargo Public Schools. The “Got No Milk Program” ensures that each and every kindergarten through fifth-grade student has the opportunity to receive milk.
This year Dellaneva has a goal to raise $30,000 or $10,000 for each of the three area school districts, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.
In 2018, Dellaneva hopes to ride in the motorcycle run by herself. For now, her dad continues to be amazed by his little girl’s giving heart.
“She is a genuine little girl who has grown into a great young woman who tries to help her community,” Paul Dellaneva says.
Find “Haley’s Milk Run” on Facebook to get involved with the annual event.