The 7th Annual Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival was held Saturday, October 1st at Hopkins Heartland in Lewes.
“Despite the hopeless weather forecast and the fact that almost all other events for the weekend were cancelled, the event went on and was a great success,” said the organizers. “We had more participants, more vendors, and more funding than ever before for our local nonprofits!”
At the end of 2022, Creative Coastal Connections Corp, the organization that founded and hosted the festival, donated $36,000 to Pathways to Success.
“Pathways’ mission is to prepare youth, adults, and their families for successful lives and to help these students become healthy, productive, contributing and responsible citizens. They are committed to serving at-risk communities in the spirit of providing hope through empowerment, education and information,” they said.
Fay Blake, Founder and Executive Director of Pathways to Success, said: This donation will help support many student support services such as food, clothing, family utilities and electricity bills. ”
Pathways to Success Board President Bill Collick added: If you go to school hungry or don’t have warm clothes, you can’t expect good results in your studies. Families are suffering and these funds will help these students achieve success. ”
Since 2015, the Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival has donated over $200,000 to local nonprofits. Many organizations benefit from his four-hour annual event, including Children & Families First, Boys & Girls Club of Rehoboth, local Meals on Wheels, Rotary Clubs, Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation, and Beau Biden Foundation for the Development. of Children, Delaware Food Bank, Delaware Artists Association (DAC).
Festival founder and organizer LaMotta said: Wine, beer, mead, cider and cocktail tastings. silent auctions; wine pulls; live music; and a chef’s slowdown contest. It takes the whole community to make such a fun and worthwhile event a success. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of the festival’s sponsoring companies, restaurant owners, chefs and staff, breweries, wineries, beverage vendors, musicians and his more than 70 volunteers. ”
Board Member and Volunteer Donna West said, “I had the pleasure of joining the planning team with so many amazing women who brought so much talent and ideas to this event that will benefit Pathways to Success. It is such an honor to be involved in making a difference in the lives of so many students who are making a difference for their future and the future of our community!!”
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale at sodelfest.com in April. To sponsor this year’s celebration, or to become a volunteer or beneficiary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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