AIDS Delaware Welcomes Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore has become the Interim Executive Director for AIDS Delaware as John Gardner retires after 10+ years at the helm. Christopher will guide the agency as it prepares to celebrate 40 years as Delaware’s first and largest HIV Service Organization. He will also partner with the AIDS Delaware team and Board of Directors to find the next Executive Director. The goal is to fill the position by the end of 2024.
Christopher’s commitment to AIDS Delaware was formed when he was a teenager. “It’s the first safe space I found as a queer person to ask questions to and receive answers from people who not only understood what I was saying but also were intent on ensuring I was supported,” he says. “The privilege to lead this agency and find the next great leader is one I take seriously.”
Before joining AIDS Delaware, Christopher worked for ChristianaCare, most recently as the Director of Community Health. In his 17 years with the state’s largest health system, he worked first as a reproductive health educator, and then as an advocate for education and access to resources, with a particular focus on creating equitable care for LGBTQIA+ individuals. “My career started in education and prevention, and I am thrilled to join a team where both are highly valued,” he says. “In a way, I feel like I have come full circle.”
Christopher is a Sussex County native, a graduate of the University of Delaware, a two-time Ameri-Corps alum, a Jefferson National Service Award winner, and adjunct faculty at Delaware Technical Community College. He splits his time between Wilmington and Toronto, where his partner, Harman, and dog, Bingo, live. ▼
Save the Date! Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Community Unity Dinner
...returns on Sunday, December 3, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Tickets—$20 per person; children ages eight and under free—are available at the door, starting at 4:30. Unlimited beer and wine will be available for a $5 donation at the door. The pasta dinner is donated by Big Fish Group and many other downtown restaurants. Join the Cape Jazz Band, some Nutcracker ballerinas, and Santa and Mrs. Claus for a wonderful evening! ▼
Santa Bar Crawl
The Second Annual Rehoboth Beach Santa Bar Crawl will take place on Saturday, December 2, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The goal: a fun and festive afternoon, featuring the collection of new, unwrapped toys to be donated to those in need. Every participating location (see rbsantabarcrawl.com for a current list) will have a donation box; toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation of Sussex County. ▼
Steve Elkins—A Room of His Own in Allentown
It was an intimate gathering to celebrate and dedicate a room to Steve Elkins at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The original vision and need for CAMP Rehoboth was shared, as well as Steve’s passion for collaborating with others. Attendees learned about programs offered at the Bradbury Sullivan Center and discussed ways both centers could help one another. It was a beautiful night for the room dedication—a way to memorialize and share Steve’s legacy. ▼
Pictured below: Claire Ippoliti and Murray Archibald.
VegRehoboth Holds Plant-based Feast
After a long COVID-related hiatus, VegRehoboth’s ThanksLiving returns this year on Sunday, November 19, at the Cultured Pearl in Rehoboth Beach. The feast begins at 1:30 p.m. with appetizers and happy hour prices on beverages. The buffet dinner begins at 2:30, with dessert to follow. Local musician Alex Razze will provide acoustic accompaniment to the festivities.
ThanksLiving began in 2013 in the Elkins-Archibald Atrium at CAMP Rehoboth. The feast changed venues each subsequent year. “I like to offer different venues each year to support different restaurants in our area,” said co-founder Tara Sheldon. “Our community loves ThanksLiving; twice, we’ve had to add a second seating!”
ThanksLiving is an event of VegRehoboth, an organization founded in 2010 by Sheldon and Patricia Haddock to promote plant-based living. Tickets for this year’s feast are available at VegRehoboth.org for $55. ▼