CHEF Winter Jam fundraiser set Jan. 19 in Dewey Beach

January 11, 2018

The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation annual Winter Jam fundraiser – this year themed ‘It Takes a Village’ – will be held from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, at the Rusty Rudder restaurant in Dewey Beach.

Jack Lingo Realtor is the Village CEO Presenting Sponsor at the $8,000 level.

All funds raised will benefit educational programs at Cape Henlopen School District schools, including teacher grants for unbudgeted classroom projects, STEM initiatives, performing arts education and training, programs to promote diversity and inclusion, and support for limited-income students.

"Winter Jam has become an annual reunion event, and we invite the entire community to join us for an evening of delicious food, great dance music and auction items with wide appeal," said CHEF President Jeff Gordon. "This year, Winter Jam has 38 sponsors, more than ever before, which is a reflection of the generosity of our local businesses and their desire to support our Cape schools."

Dogfish Head Brewery is a Village Role Model sponsor at the $5,000 level. The iHeartMedia organization is the media sponsor. Village Rainmaker sponsors at $2,000 are Big Fish Charitable Foundation, Richard Y. Johnson & Son General Contractors, Macintosh Engineering, and Schell Brothers. Hosting Winter Jam is the Rusty Rudder restaurant.

Village Lamplighter $1,000 sponsors are Advantech, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Gallo Gives Foundation, Coastal Lawn and Landscaping, Hyett Refrigeration, Johnson Orthodontics, One Call Services, and TetraTech. Village Trendsetters ($500) are Ahl and O'Connor Orthodontics, Ameriprise, Apple Electric, Assurance Media, Baird Mandalas Brockstedt LLC, Browseabout Books, IG Burton, Coffin Contractors, Coffin Hardwood Flooring, County Bank, Creative Courtyards, Irish Eyes Milton, The MAX Challenge, Make My Day Events, McDonald's, Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware, Patterson Schwartz, Pennoni Associates, The Starboard Restaurant, Sposato Family Vineyards, State Farm Insurance and Sweet Frog Yogurt.

Participating on-site restaurants include Big Fish, SoDel Concepts, Jimmy's Grille, La Vida Hospitality, Fins Restaurant Group, Po’ Boys, Baked Coffee Bar, Carolina Sugar Fairy and more. Many of the restaurant chefs will be on site.

Musical entertainment will be provided by area favorite Love Seed Mama Jump, and The Stims, a local band with an eclectic blend of songs featuring soulful vocals and tight harmonies. The feel-good pop rock group Love Seed, first formed in 1992, has released four albums and has a strong fan base on the East Coast.

Silent auction items include original artwork and photography donated by local artists and art teachers from the Cape District; a Gift Card Tree with items from area restaurants, stores and boutiques; and a Wine Pull with wines of various vintages and prices for a $20 contribution.

Winter Jam tickets are $35 each and $25 for teachers. Tickets can be purchased online at

Since 2006, CHEF and the Cape Henlopen School District have partnered to support educational excellence and provide opportunities for every student to achieve success.