Caribbean Christmas to kick off holiday season in island style

For the past eight years, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation has raised funds for charitable causes with their annual Caribbean Christmas event, held at Mango’s Beach Bar & Grille in Bethany Beach.

“Caribbean Christmas is a festive way to kick off the holidays. It is a great event which embraces the giving spirit of the season with the style of beach living. It is the perfect pairing of party and philanthropy,” said QRCF Board Chair Steve Alexander.

This year’s event, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, will benefit both Delaware Hospice and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.

“They’re two wonderful charities that do amazing work in the community,” said QRCF advisor Ann Kangas. “We’re delighted to give a great gift to them.”

While tickets were still available early this week, according to event co-chair Jean Wode, the event usually sells out fast, and it is unlikely that tickets will be available the day of. “We’re encouraging people to get their tickets in advance,” she stated.

Tickets cost $60 and are available at Beach Liquors in Bethany Beach, Beach Liquors in Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach Books, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Cottage Café, DiFebos, Mango’s and Sedona.

Electric Velvet will rock the dance floor this year with their array of upbeat and energetic songs from a variety of eras. In addition to the live music, there will also be tastings from favorite area restaurants, beer, wine, Mangoritas, silent auctions, raffles and dancing. According to Kangas, the famous “wall of wine” will also make an appearance. “It’s a lot of fun. Our guests get really excited about it.”

Food for these year’s party will be provided by a variety of popular area restaurants, including Bethany Blues, Cottage Cafe, DiFebo’s, Harpoon Hannah’s, Mango’s, Misaki, Papa Grande’s, Sabor, Sedona and 14 Global.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors, donors and event attendees, and we know that their generosity will make Caribbean Christmas a successful fundraiser for both the Delaware Hospice and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity,” Kangas said.

The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 11 p.m. Attendees must be at least 21. The dress code is “island casual,” offering a tropical twist for the winter-themed event.