For a dozen years, the Scholarship Committee of the South Coastal Delaware AARP Chapter #5226 has given scholarships to graduating seniors at Indian River High School. It also has given scholarships to adult students at Delaware Technical Community College since 2012.
These scholarships are possible because of wide community support of our fund-raising activities. The Artisans Fair held each year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View is our main event for raising funds. Proceeds from this year’s fair, held on May 25, will enable us to continue giving scholarships. To date, the committee has awarded $53,500, including $8,000 that will be given in 2019.
This would not be possible without the support of Lord Baltimore, which offers their space, and support from grocery stores including Harris Teeter on Route 54, Weis in Millville, Food Lion on Route 54, Food Lion in Millsboro, Giant in Millville, and G&E/Hocker’s in Ocean View and Clarksville. Dunkin’ Donuts and Wawa, Bethany Beach, both made generous in-kind donations. Atlantic Auto Repair and Precious Paws Animal Hospital offered parking space, and Fulton Bank, Ocean View, helped publicize the event on its marquee.
The Delmarvalous Quilters Guild donated two handmade quilts for a silent auction. Students from Sussex Central High School ROTC and the CRASH Youth Group from Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church helped with setup and cleanup for the all-day event. The Truck It Food Truck from Georgetown and Rita’s Italian Ice provided food and snacks, and also donated to the scholarship fund. A special thank-you to the Ocean View Police Department, which helped direct traffic at this well-attended event.
An undertaking of this size could not be possible without hundreds of volunteer hours and generous monetary donations from our members. Thank you to all who baked for our very successful bake sale and all who gave monetary donations. And a special thanks to the planning committee, made up of Dianne DeForest, Jim Hartsig, Kathy Johnson, Pat Kapolka, Judy Matsko, Jen Read, Valerie Reeves, Donna Spickler and Ted Spickler.
Our success is dependent upon the marvelous work of regional artisans and farmers’ market participants, and to all those in the community who find treasures at the Artisans Fair & Farmers’ Market. Thank you.
Ida Crist, Chair