Walk Like MADD
On Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m., MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving®), Mid-Atlantic Region, will host its first-ever Walk Like MADD event on the Rehoboth Boardwalk. These walks take place in cities and states across the country and are a way for communities to send a clear message: Drunk Driving Ends Here.
MADD is excited to connect with Delaware victims, volunteers, advocates, and law enforcement. As one of the most successful grassroots organizations in the world, MADD has found that by encouraging individuals to channel energy from pain into purpose, people may connect with others and come to feel the loss of their loved ones was not in vain.
According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, alcohol driving-related fatalities accounted for 35 percent of total traffic crash fatalities in 2019. And while this number represents a decrease from the previous 10 years, MADD knows the only acceptable number is zero. Zero deaths. Zero injuries. Zero families impacted as a result of substance-impaired driving.
MADD Mid-Atlantic Region invites everyone to become part of the solution.
All funds raised through this event support MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® right here in the state of Delaware.
To join MADD’s efforts:
• Form a team, join an existing team, or walk/run on your own: Registration fees are $25; for detailed pricing visit walklikemadd.org/Delaware.
• Donate: Give to a participant or a team to help them reach their fundraising goals.
• Be a virtual walker: Can’t be there in person? There still are ways for you to get involved and raise money for this important cause.
• Volunteer: Your help is needed the day before, day of, or the days after the big event.
• Become a Sponsor: Consider becoming an official event partner. There is a variety of packages and every dollar goes towards making the community safer.
SDARJ To Bring the Chantels to Lewes
The groundbreaking African-American “girl group” of Rhythm and Blues, the Chantels, is coming to Lewes to help raise funds for the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ). Longtime Chantels singer Lois Powell, a resident of Rehoboth, became involved with SDARJ when she participated in the organization’s Dialogue to Action program. She will appear with her famed vocal group for a benefit concert on June 18, 7:00 p.m., at the Cape Henlopen High School Center for the Performing Arts.
The Chantels became stars overnight in 1958, when their hit song “Maybe” marked a breakthrough for African-American female groups in an era dominated by male vocal groups.
The original quintet attended St. Anthony of Padua's Elementary School in the Bronx, NY, and sang in the St. Anthony's Church choir. While their sound was rooted in liturgical music, the Chantels became known for their unique rhythm and blues style. In 2004, “Maybe” was ranked 199 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Hits of All Time.
“We’re really excited to bring the Chantels to southern Delaware for the Alliance’s first major fundraising event,” said SDARJ Chair Charlotte King. “We’ll have three of the original singers—Lois Harris Powell, Sonia Goring Wilson, and Renee Minus White—along with their newest member, Naomi White Randolph, who belts out the lead on top hits like ‘Maybe,’ ‘Look in My Eyes,’ and ‘I Love You So.’”
Proceeds from the concert will support SDARJ’s current and expanding programs and activities, all of which aim at ending racism and its corrosive consequences.
SDARJ is currently seeking sponsors to cover the cost of bringing the Chantels to Lewes. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $1,000. Each level offers donors visibility and advance tickets. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. concert are now available for $30 and $45. To purchase tickets in advance or to arrange sponsorship, go to SDARJ.org. ▼
Not What You Think Concert
An a cappella ensemble dedicated to social justice is joining the celebration of Harriet Tubman’s 200th Birthday at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park. The program will express the journey for empathy, freedom, and peace, exemplified by the life of Harriet Tubman. The concert will take place on Saturday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at 4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, Maryland. ▼
Hammy’s Burgers & Shakes to Open Rehoboth Beach Location
Popular St. Michaels burger joint Hammy’s Burgers & Shakes is set to open on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach just in time for the summer season. Hammy’s will bring decadent milkshakes for kids, boozy adult shakes, tater tots, chili, and over 30 burgers to its new beachy location at 19266 Coastal Highway.
Rehoboth Beach go-ers can indulge in their favorite Hammy’s comfort foods by dining in or ordering online for carryout. A full bar complete with beer, cocktails, wine, and more will help hungry diners wash it all down.
Hammy’s is named for Hammy, the lemon beagle of the owner, Chris Agharabi. The dog love doesn’t end at the name or decor of the restaurant: its sister restaurant, Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar, donated $1,000 to the Delaware Humane Association earlier this year through its wine bottle Christmas Tree project. ▼