David Mixner Scholarship Established
CAMP Rehoboth hosted a special evening with trailblazing LGBTQ+ rights activist David Mixner. More than 50 people attended the event at CAMP member Danny Sebright’s home and enjoyed listening to David share stories about his long career as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. (Read more about David on page 66.)
In addition, guests collectively donated $25,000 to create the David Mixner LGBTQ+ Student Scholarship. The endowed scholarship will honor David’s legacy and his long career as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. The scholarship will be awarded annually and offer winners a real-world learning experience interning at CAMP Rehoboth. ▼
Block Party is Almost Here
The CAMP Rehoboth Block Party will take over the second block of Baltimore Avenue on Sunday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor spaces are sold out, but sponsorship opportunities are still available at camprehoboth.org/blockparty.
The annual community event will once again feature dozens of artists, craftspeople, local restaurants, entertainers, businesses, and nonprofits. Stay tuned to the website for more information on the entertainment line-up and see page 34 for a sneak peek at some of the featured artists on the block. ▼
SUNFESTIVAL 2023 in the Books
CAMP Rehoboth’s annual Labor Day celebration, SUNFESTIVAL, is officially in the books. On behalf of the organizing committee, staff, and board, CAMP Rehoboth thanks all the attendees, sponsors, donors, and volunteers for making this year’s festivities so fabulous. For the full recap of the weekend, see page 12. ▼
Shots at CAMP Rehoboth
It’s that time of year! CAMP Rehoboth is providing two opportunities for community members to get their annual vaccines for flu, COVID, and shingles:
October 13, CAMP Rehoboth is partnering with Cape Pharmacy to provide flu, COVID, and shingles vaccines from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This vaccine clinic will bill insurance. There will be a limited supply of the COVID vaccine.
Wednesday, October 18, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., CAMP Rehoboth will host Beebe Healthcare, who will provide flu shots for community members free of charge.
On both dates, the CHEER center will be present to provide information on the services it provides to the community. Register at camprehoboth.org. ▼
Battle of the Bachelors and Bachelorettes
On Sunday, August 5, Aqua hosted the annual Battle of the Bachelors and Bachelorettes to benefit CAMP Rehoboth, featuring swimsuit sponsor BRASHhh. The fundraiser featured a bevy of beauties, and attendees generously donated to see which model could raise the most funds for CAMP Rehoboth’s services.
In total, the event raised more than $30,000. CAMP Rehoboth extends its gratitude to Aqua, BRASHhh, the bachelors and bachelorettes, auctioneer Lorne Crawford, and the bidders. ▼
Sea Barre/Sea Cycle Pedals Funds for YouthUp!
Earlier this summer, Sea Barre/Sea Cycle raised funds for CAMP Rehoboth’s YouthUp! Program, and CAMP Rehoboth honored the fundraiser with a check presentation last month. ▼
Photo: Derrick Johnson, Sara Rowley, and Laurie Thompson.
Chasten Buttigieg Is Coming to Rehoboth
Save the date! In partnership with Browseabout Books and Lewes Public Library, CAMP Rehoboth presents a special book signing and visit with Chasten Buttigieg on October 21 at 6:00 p.m. Chasten will be promoting his book I Have Something to Tell You-For Young Adults: A Memoir. The event will be hosted at the Lewes Public Library, and options will be available to attend in person or via Zoom. For more information, and to register, visit camprehoboth.org/events. ▼
A Room of His Own: Steve Elkins
Claire Ippoliti, long-time CAMP Rehoboth member and former Board member, reports that, “I first heard about Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in the early 90s. Friends at work were talking about this beach because it was where ‘the gays’ were. As a not-out-yet lesbian this piqued my interest. Although I had not met them yet, Steve Elkins and Murray Archibald had just entered my life.”
Also a one-time Board member of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, when the opportunity arose to dedicate a room in the Center to a special someone, “I immediately thought of Steve,” says Claire. I believe bridging these two communities (Allentown and Rehoboth Beach) is something Steve would have welcomed.”
The room dedication will be held Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, 522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Murray Archibald and Claire Ippoliti will offer remarks, and there will be a tour of the center.
All are welcome to join in celebrating Steve’s life and all the work he did to build community, advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and work tirelessly to educate others on our community’s family values. Anyone planning to attend—please RSVP Claire at: email@example.com. ▼
Register Our Women Veterans
With the Military Women's Memorial
CAMP Rehoboth member Deb Knickerbocker, COL, US Army (Ret) is the Military Women's Memorial Ambassador for Delaware. Deb is working to identify women veterans who have not yet been registered in the Memorial's online archive. Deb can also assist women veterans who are registered but want to update their record.
The Memorial, lcoated near the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, contains exhibits and visitors can access terminals to search for the registration of friends or family members. Most include photos during hteir service, and stories about their service.
Travels with Letters
NEW YORK CITY
Carlos Prugue and
QUEEN MARY 2
Russell and Patricia Stiles
Miss Gay Eastern States America
On Friday, August 18, BOMA Entertainment hosted the Miss Gay Eastern States America pageant at CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. The pageant, which featured “A Night at the Ballpark” theme, is a direct preliminary to the illustrious Miss Gay America competition. After competing in categories like talent and presentation, Rehoboth Beach’s own Roxy Overbrooke won the title and crown, paving her spot to the national pageant in 2024.
“It was very important to me that my return to pageantry and entering Miss Gay America happened right here in my home of Rehoboth,” said Roxy, adding that “a lot of what I bring to the stage and have to offer was honed right here locally!” On what excites her on the road to MGA 2024, Roxy names “the ability to showcase on a national stage the world-class entertainment that we provide right here, and of course, the thought of hopefully bringing that crown back to Rehoboth with me!” ▼