Ghosts of the Bay Pirate Party to raise funds for children
The Lewes Yacht Club Foundation is completing the finishing touches in preparation for the Ghosts of the Bay Pirate Party, to take place Saturday evening, Oct. 26, at the Lewes Yacht Club. The festive occasion includes dinner, music and both live and silent auctions and celebrates the Delaware Bay’s history.
The event is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year and raises money for disadvantaged children in Sussex County who do not have the opportunity to enjoy sailing, swimming and other activities that take place in and around local waters. Nearly 14 percent of families in Sussex County live below the poverty line, with many children never having the opportunity to learn to swim, organizers noted.
In 2013, LYC Foundation donated $21,000 to help under-served children in Sussex County. The foundation worked with other nonprofits to identify the children who would most benefit from the kind of programs the foundation funds.
The highlight of Ghosts of the Bay Pirate Party will be the auction items that organizers have been assembling. They include:
• A 10-day stay in a fabulous, three-bedroom townhouse situated in a 200-year-old stone olive mill in Maussane les Alpilles, Provence, France. That region of France boasts Roman ruins, picturesque ancient villages and fine vineyards. It is best known for its olive oils. The townhouse is within a short drive from the medieval village of Les Baux.
• Two sunset cruises on luxurious sailing boats, either the Moneypenny or the Delgato.
• A behind-the-scenes, personal tour of the home and gardens of Winterthur estate, the former residence of Henry Francis du Pont that is now a museum, library and 1,000-acre preserve.
• A canvas reproduction of N.C. Wyeth’s painting “The Pirate.”
In keeping with the festive pirate party theme, dinner dishes will be served at stations located around the main dining room. Entrees include hand-carved steamship roast beef and paella with shrimp, lobster, clams, chicken and chorizo. Frank Baker will be providing music.
Partygoers are being encouraged to wear costumes, though they will not be turned away is they arrive without them. Decorations and extra masks and other pirate accessories will be available at the event.
“While this party offers a chance to get together and have some fun while recalling Delaware’s very colorful history, it also gives us the opportunity to help local children learn to swim, learn about the environment in the bay area, receive scholarships for marine studies and to truly enjoy the Delaware Bay,” said Janet Davis, president of the LYC Foundation.
The LYC Foundation was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide funding to enhance the potential of youth in sailing, swimming, and maritime activities and education. In 2013, the organization’s $21,000 in donations went to:
• Sailing scholarships for eligible children to attend Lewes Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Camp;
• Rehoboth Beach YMCA to provide swimming and water safety classes to eligible children;
• Grants to Milton Boys & Girls Club, Rehoboth Boys & Girls Club and West Side New Beginnings in Rehoboth Beach;
• College scholarships.
The cost of the event is $85 per person or $1,250 for a benefactor’s reserved table for six that includes an advertisement in the program and a listing on the Lewes Yacht Club Foundation website at www.lycfoundation.com.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact Linda Dickey at (302) 644-4492 or email email@example.com.