Labor Day Weekend Event Returns to Rehoboth Mall
When the first Sundance was held, it was a modest event, born out of a great need to do something in response to the terrible devastation that the AIDS epidemic was causing in the gay community. The dance brought the community together in a positive way and raised money for the cause. Thirty years later, Sundance is a spectacular two-day event (a dance and an auction) that draws nearly 1,000 participants and raises money for the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center.
Sundance 2017—Rainbow XXX: Solar NRG—will be held September 2-3. By popular demand, the event is returning to the Rehoboth Mall atrium and interior, a venue that provided not only abundant free parking, but also ample party space, creative design options, and a dynamic backdrop for the high-energy event. Event organizers will transform the mall space to create a lively setting for the popular auction and dance events.
The first night of the event, Saturday, September 2, from 7-10 p.m., is the silent and live auction. Hundreds of items will be available for bidding, including vacation packages, dining opportunities, fine art, gift items, one-of-a-kind experiences, including an Alaska cruise from Accent On Travel and Princess Cruises, a Caribbean Cruise from Olivia Travel, a week for four in Hawaii donated by Joe DeSalvo, and a trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico from Mike DeFlavia and Tony Sowers, plus other auction items across a wide spectrum of price points. Popular auctioneer Lorne Crawford will lead the live auction, and there will be a cocktail buffet, and an open bar all night.
Sunday, September 3, from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., is the dance party event, with music by Joe Gauthreaux, one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in the industry. Gauthreaux (pronounced GO TROW) has a resume full of club appearances and main events that spans the last 15 years. He has played almost every major circuit event in the world, including Winter Party Festival, Black Party, White Party Miami, Song Kran Bangkok, New Year’s Rio at The Week, and Atlantis Cruises, among others. A staple at major clubs across North America, Brazil, and Asia, his name is synonymous with having an amazing and unique musical experience. His production career has included official remixes of major dance artists like Steven Redant, Leo Blanco, Tony Moran, and Kristine W., not to mention mainstream top 40 artists like Adele, Troye Sivan, Justin Bieber, Brian Justin Crum, and NeYo. Adding to the excitement is Paul Turner, touring lighting designer/director for Robin Thicke, who has created unique lighting design for Liza Minnelli, Mary J. Blige, and many other musical, theatrical, television, and event productions. The dance features an open bar all night. And, free Jolly Trolley Shuttles will be provided from downtown Rehoboth to the Mall the night of the dance.
Sundance participants can attend either or both nights of the event (tickets are $45 for one night, $80 for both). Tickets can be purchased online at camprehoboth.com.
CAMP Rehoboth, an organization that operates a full-service community center; offers a variety of activities, cultural events, service projects, and educational programs; and advocates for a community of inclusion in Rehoboth Beach. All proceeds from the event benefit CAMP Rehoboth (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation) and support the activities and programs it provides to the Rehoboth community.
Proceeds from Sundance benefit CAMP Rehoboth (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation) and support the activities and programs it provides to the Rehoboth community. For more information, email Steve Elkins or call 302-227-5620.