Delaware Coast Aid, a coalition of Delaware Coastal people and businesses, is hosting an incredible fundraising event in Dewey Beach at the Rusty Rudder on Dickinson Street, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday November 15th. The event will include live music by favorite local bands and musicians, a hot soup kitchen, refreshments including beer and wine for those over 21, activities for kids, and free parking. Proceeds will assist in the response, recovery, and relief effort from Hurricane Sandy directly to the Jersey shore points of impact. A portion of the proceeds will also be maintained locally in conjunction with the Delaware Center For Inland Bays to aid in the recovery of our own coastal habitats.
The entire Eastern seaboard received a blow from the hurricane and there was damage to local and surrounding areas in Delaware, however the brunt of the hurricane seems to have impacted our neighboring states of New Jersey and New York in the worst way. Through our efforts, direct relief will be our main focus, as we collect monetary funds and allocate them accordingly in conjunction with local relief organizations. One local resident and business partner, Kevin Roberts packed his car and bags, filled with supplies, a generator, food, water, gas, and tools, and headed for the Jersey shore to lend whatever help he could. What he found was many of the shelters in the Toms River area were not accepting any more donations due to excess loads, and that coordinating an area to “lend a hand” may have only been taking other more significant people away from the heavier work that needed to be accomplished. So, Roberts changed course and called on a friend and local business owner, Chip Thompson, who also coordinated Delaware Coast Gulf Aid, back in 2010, a relief effort that raised over $60,000 in just under three weeks, for the residents and a restoration program in the Barrataria Terrebone Estuary, Grand Isle, LA. Together Thompson and Roberts, with the help of many friends and contacts in the local community, including the Delaware Center For Inland Bays, are once again spearheading a local “calling out” on all of our residents and business owners to help in the relief effort if they have not already. A chance to raise awareness of how fortunate we on the Delaware Coast have been, not only now, but in the past, and hopefully in the future. A chance to pull together as a community and show that anything is possible when we work together.”