Readers might notice that the event formerly known as the Bachelors Auction has been rebranded as the Battle of the Bachelors. In essence it is the same event, taking place on August 30 at 7 p.m. at Aqua Grill. We are very grateful to have them partner with us once again on this FUNdraising event. It was added to the schedule right before the Sundance At-Large lineup was released. We’ve hosted this event so many times before that we didn’t think twice about it.
However, on second thought, in the current socio-political environment, we are all more sensitive to the language we use, and rightly so. The CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors, along with staff and organizers, decided that “auctioning” off a person didn’t fit with our policies and values. We want to do the best we can in representing those values.
Therefore, after some discussion, the organizers retooled this event fractionally and changed the name. We appreciate that the organizers were flexible and sensitive as well. So, the bachelors will be battling to get the highest bid possible for the restaurant gift certificate they present at the event. We will follow COVID-19 safety measures, and we will still have a lot of fun!
Language has the power to hurt, and it has the power to heal. At CAMP Rehoboth, we want our language to reflect the values that we seek in ourselves and in our world. We hope that you do, too.
CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors