Donor Loyalty Is Grand for United in Love
An enormous thank you to all the Hosts, Supporters, and Sponsors whose pledges to Sundance XXXIII: United in Love add directly to the bottom line of supporting CAMP Rehoboth.With this generous foundation, a week-long auction and activities, an eagle-eye to expenses, plus some ingenuity during this crisis, this Sundance is already a success (except for the hugging each other part!) And the dancing together—sigh.
CAMP Rehoboth will be peeling off a small amount from the auction to support three local nonprofits (Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, PFLAG Rehoboth Beach, and Immanuel Shelter) whose work closely aligns with CAMP Rehoboth’s mission and values. Read more about the full week of activities on page 10.
CAMP Rehoboth is a Winner!
CAMP Rehoboth was recently recognized by the Sussex County Health Coalition with the 2020 Champion of Children and Youth Community Partner Award. The award was accepted by CAMP Rehoboth Health Director Salvatore Seeley and Thrive Youth Coordinator Barbara Antlitz, who run the youth programs. The award was in recognition of how quickly and well CAMP Rehoboth did, converting programs to virtual classes and support groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Seeley, for the past year CAMP Rehoboth Youth Coordinator Barbara Antlitz has done an amazing job connecting with Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) on the Eastern and Western sides of Sussex County. Starting with just two GSAs, Barbara has grown connections to over 10 GSAs. COVID presented the youth program with a challenge on how to maintain these connections and most importantly, keep the youth connected. The program has grown to include youth from all over the state, tackling a wide range of issues.
According to the Sussex County Health Coalition, “Barbara, and CAMP Rehoboth Health Director Salvatore Seeley, acted quickly and started virtual programming the day after school systems shut down. As a result of this amazing work accomplished in such little time, Barbara and Sal were recognized by receiving the 2020 Champion of Children and Youth Community Partner Award." “It is truly an honor to receive this award and have the support we do from the Sussex County Health Coalition,” says Antlitz.
AIDS Walk Will Be Different This Year
Following guidelines from government and health officials for social distancing, the 2020 AIDS Walk, from AIDS Delaware and the Delaware HIV Consortium, is expanding into AIDS Walk Delaware: Weeklong Challenge– September 12-19. People may participate when they want, how they want, and with whom they want. There will be no formal in-person gathering. Walkers can follow the official route in Rehoboth Beach or walk where they feel most comfortable—in another park, in their neighborhood, or on their treadmill at home. There’s an added Scavenger Hunt Challenge. Participants who register to walk and post a picture to the AIDS Walk Week Challenge website depicting any one of the completed tasks will be entered into a drawing for a prize. AIDS Walk Delaware is the state’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event and attracts approximately 800 participants and volunteers. The money raised goes to case management services, free HIV testing, HIV-specific mental health counseling, education and prevention programs, and funding for organizations including CAMP Rehoboth.
Bear It All for Art
Calling all artistic bears: enter your works of art in CAMP Rehoboth’s group show exhibit by members of the bear community. The show will run September 5-30 and the deadline for submissions is August 24. Submit your paintings, photographs, or multi-media works. See details on page 44.