CHEF to host Spring Jam fundraiser May 20

April 11, 2022

The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Winter Jam, is relaunching as Spring Jam, and will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 20, at the Virden Center in Lewes.

All funds raised will benefit educational programs for the more than 6,000 students in the Cape Henlopen School District.

CHEF provides teacher grants for unfunded or underfunded classroom projects, and support for homeless and limited-income students, STEM initiatives, performing arts education, and training and programs to promote diversity and inclusion.

“This fundraiser has become an annual reunion event for Cape Region community members and educators,” said Rick Grier-Reynolds, CHEF president, who has been involved with CHEF since its inception in 2006. “It’s our major annual fundraiser and supports educational enrichment programs which wouldn’t happen without community support.” 

This year’s event will be held under a large outdoor tent, and musical entertainment will be provided by the Blue Label Band. Spring Jam will also feature delicious tasting bites from local restaurants, exciting auction items, and a live gift card pull.

Since 2006, CHEF has contributed approximately $209,000 in grant funds for teachers and students. Spring Jam tickets are $30 for Cape Henlopen School District employees and $40 per person for the general public. To purchase tickets, go to

To date, Student Government Leader sponsors are Carl M. Freeman Foundation Inc. and Dogfish Head. Honor Roll Student sponsors include Fuqua, Willard & Schab, PA; Jack Lingo Realtor; Pilottown Engineering; OneCall Services; and ABHA Architects. Trendsetter sponsors include L&W Insurance; Assurance Media; Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc.; The Meoli Companies; Browseabout Books; Baker Petroleum; Morris James LLP; Richard Y. Johnson & Son Inc.; Walker & Laberge Co. Inc.; Half Full & Kindle Restaurants; and Hertrich. Teacher’s Pet sponsors include Johnson Orthodontics; Furlow Associates; Corrado Construction Company; Lewes Beach Dairy Queen; Raymond F. Book & Associates, PA; Beacon Pediatrics LLC; Faw Casson; Summit Home Care; Jeanine O’Donnell, State Farm - Lewes; The Debbie Reed Team Inc.; Activ Pest Solutions; The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group/BHHS Gallo Realty; Henlopen Bait & Tackle; Hopkins Farm Creamery; Jostens; True North LLC; Community Bank; The Light House of Lewes Inc.; and Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware. Other sponsors include Surfing Crab. For information on becoming a sponsor, go to

CHEF is a nonprofit organization which partners with the Cape Henlopen School District to support educational excellence and provide opportunities for every Cape student to achieve success. To learn more, go to

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