We normally like to avoid endorsing specific community events in our editorial for two reasons. First, there are so many worthwhile causes in our community that we feel it would be unfair to single out one over the others. And, second, because it just creates a stream of headaches for us if the event turns out to be a dud.
However, we do feel it is important to single out the annual Springtime Jamboree, which will take place this weekend at Indian River High School. For starters, this has historically been a good time. Rep. Gerald Hocker organizes the event each year, and he loads the entertainment with fun acts and musical talent — like his daughter, prefessional country singer Beth Ann Cayhall.
Another reason we are so high on the event this year is because the Jamboree will benefit the Lower Sussex Little League.
“They were the first organization we did this for 27 years ago,” explained Hocker. “The Jamboree was originally a fundraiser for them.”
So, why are we so keen on the idea of the Little League getting the proceeds from this year’s event?
Partly because of the historical implications of the Jamboree getting back to its roots by supporting the organization but, more importantly, because Lower Sussex Little League presents the Senior League Softball World Series every year, and that truly benefits the entire community.
Since the first year Lower Sussex Little League grabbed hold of the World Series, it has been a success. Crowds have grown every year, concession sales have been strong and the girls who travel to Roxana from every corner of the world have appeared to have enjoyed their time here immensely. In a struggling economy, it’s always good to have an event that brings new people to the beach every year and offers them a great experience.
And that’s how we all benefit.
Running an event like the World Series is not easy, nor is it inexpensive. Lower Sussex Little League needs the help to continue their efforts, and the Jamboree is a fun way to provide it.