Get Ready for the 23rd Sundance
Of all the traditions we’ve come to adore in Rehoboth Beach, the Labor Day Weekend event, known as Sundance (going strong before everyone heard of the film fest by the same name) is by far the most energetic and most meaningful. Sundance 2010: Rainbow Rites 23—Rainbow Revival is the benefit event’s 23rd year and is primed to be its best. With all the lights, action, and cameras—not to mention food, fun, and hot, hot music, this is the way to make summer last well in to September.
The two-day extravaganza—Saturday night’s gargantuan Silent and Live auctions, cocktail buffet, drinks, and fun followed by Sunday’s massive dance party with phenomenal DJ, lights, and sound—brings together thousands of attendees, raises much-needed funds for CAMP Rehoboth, and makes you completely forget you are in the formerly plain, eternally unadorned, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
With sizzling décor (new every year!) by artist and CAMP President Murray Archibald, installed by a trusted band of long-time volunteers who cut, glue, sew, fabricate, climb ladders, and otherwise make the place look like the most chic and shiny new urban club, Sundance is something to see. And savor. The auction night buffet is always amazing, the bar is always open all night, the music rocks, and you cannot believe the over 500 auction items, all donated and all going, going, gone to happy homes.
This year, the Auction will be held on Saturday, September 4, 7-10 p.m. The dance party is the following night, Sunday, September 5 with dancing and open bar from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are on sale now at CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue, by calling 302-227-5620, or online at camprehoboth.com. Individually, tickets are $45 per event, or $80 for both events.
As if the food, drink and auction items weren’t enough (oh yeah, and the amazing decorations!), the scoop for 2010 is that there are even more fabulous auction items than ever. In addition to dream vacations, original art, and jewelry, there will also be a 1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a teak and granite outdoor kitchen, an Olivia Cruise for two, and a flat panel 3D TV. With everything donated, there are bargains to be had that provide win-win for the silent and live auction victors and CAMP as well.
For the dance party, music is by well-known DJ Mark Thomas, with incredible light design by Paul Turner. There’s even a sponsor’s lounge for folks to kick back, and relax in a room more hospitable to conversation and comfort—in between dance floor action, that is. There may still be opportunities to sign up as a sponsor, so check it out.
One of the unique aspects of Sundance is that the entire event is paid for by the contributions of those sponsors, supporters and the host committee (with excess money to the bottom line!). This allows 100% of the money from the sale of tickets and auction items to go to the beneficiary.
From $6,400 raised the first year to $115,000 raised in 2009, Sundance provides a large part of the operating budget for CAMP Rehoboth. And it brings together the entire community, diverse in age, orientation, and taste when it comes to the bounty of auction booty!
For tickets or other information, call 302-227-5620 or visit camprehoboth.com and buy your tickets now!
Future Rainbow Thumbs at CAMP
The CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard is kept bright and clean by the Rainbow Thumb Club. Future Rainbow Thumb members, Joe and Jack Carlin-Nguyen, lend Steve Palmer a hand watering the plants.
Test Your Skills at Poker at the Beach
Poker at the Beach, located in the Lighthouse Plaza on Route One, supports local charities through its nightly poker games. The charities receive the proceeds from the games and the players keep ALL their winnings! In the last year, Poker at the Beach has raised more than $5,500 for CAMP Rehoboth. Join us for the next CAMP Rehoboth night at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28.
Wedding Bells! 32 Years Later
Congratulations to Jeffrey Meyers and Thomas Resh who, after 32 years as a couple, were married in Washington, DC on July 27, 2010. Hopefully, Delaware will soon catch up.
Letters Makes Israeli Pilgrimage
Always ready to travel, Letters from CAMP Rehoboth made a recent pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Israel with Dave Gold. Take Letters along with you on your next vacation. We love to travel.
Don’t Buy The Bull Book Signing
Investment expert, and newly published author, Cassandra Toroian, was at CAMP Rehoboth recently to sign copies of her new book, Don’t Buy the Bull. The book is available at amazon.com.
Sundance Auction Has Silver Shadow
A highlight of this year’s Sundance Auction is a 1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Lovingly cared for by two owners, this beautiful car has approximately 58,000 original miles. The right-hand drive, rear-seat picnic tables, and alarm system make it the perfect way for you to take your friends to dinner or to the beach. For information on bidding on this car, call Steve Elkins, 302-227-5620.
Final Touch to Summer CAMP 2010 Challenge
Photographer Carolyn Watson adds the final touch to her cover photo on this issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. After a great summer of beach house challenges, the winners were the boys of 6 Futcher. A special thanks goes to Chris Beagle for coordinating the events all season long. For more on the challenge see his Summer CAMP wrap up in this issue.
Beebe Health Day
One of CAMP Rehoboth’s primary initiatives is promoting the health and well-being of all members of our diverse community. Partnering with the Beebe Medical Center for CAMP Rehoboth Health Screenings allows us to reach individuals who might otherwise not see the importance of checking their cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and other simple tests. Thanks to the Beebe nurses, and CAMP Rehoboth’s Sal Seeley for keeping us healthy.