Karen Kampmann, creator of I Love Bethany Beach, said she wanted a cool inaugural fundraising event with a Halloween theme (her favorite holiday) for the Bethany Beach area and approached Lisa Condon, president of Cocktails Curing Cancer, about it.
The two put their heads together, along with board members Regina Ashcraft and Christine Bohner, and said they have created what they hope to be a singular and memorable fundraising event for all in honor of Nancy Hoeflich, a board member of Cocktails Curing Cancer who recently passed away.
The funds raised during the almost two-week-long event will benefit the Beebe Healthcare Cancer Center, which will be breaking ground on their new facility in Millville on Nov. 1.
From Oct. 19 through Oct. 31, participating Bethany Beach-area restaurants will have signature Halloween cocktails created by their bartenders. People are being encouraged to visit and taste during that time period and vote for their favorites. Portions of their bills will be donated to Cocktails Curing Cancer, much like a dine-and-donate.
Patrons who visit all of the participating restaurants and submit their completed “Cocktail Tickets” will be entered into a grand-prize drawing that will include gift certificates to all of the participating restaurants.
Kampmann said Bethany Blues of Bethany, The Parkway restaurant and 99 Sea Level are the first three confirmed restaurants. More information is available online at https://www.facebook.com/events/333715703842194/
Nov. 1 is the culminating event of the series, the Costume Ball, where the top three bartenders will compete for the Devil’s Cup (and bragging rights) judged by a celebrity panel. Bethany Blues of Bethany will close their restaurant in order to host the event.
In addition to music, dancing and food, Cocktails Curing Cancer will have their signature auction for an all-inclusive six-night trip for two to Africa; there will also be the grand-prize drawing (for patrons who visited all of the participating restaurants leading up to the ball), prizes for the best Bethany Beach- and African-themed costumes, as well as best overall costume (and perhaps a surprise or two thrown in).
There are three levels of tickets available for the ball:
• The Mike Myers VIP — $125 each (40 tickets available) — includes early entry, unlimited beverages, private VIP area, swag bag (with custom event shirt) and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
• The Jason Voorhees — $75 each (60 tickets available) — includes a free cocktail, custom event shirt and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
• The Freddy Krueger — $40 each (100 tickets available) — includes heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1127514770932837/ for details and ticket purchase information.
“We’ve been fundraising for the Beebe Healthcare cancer center for four years now, each year being able to give more,” said Condon. “Last year, we donated $10,000; this year we hope to significantly increase that with this collaborative, inclusive — and fun — event!”
Asked why she chose to partner with Condon and Cocktails Curing Cancer for I Love Bethany Beach’s inaugural fundraising event, Kampmann replied, “Lisa’s a good friend and open to partnering — another lover of local — and the cause is something extremely personal for me right now. I love that this organization isn’t about one specific cancer; it’s inclusive of all, allowing everyone to support each other and help the growth of an outstanding local cancer center.”