SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, will hold its fifth annual fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at Fish On in the Villages of Five Points, Lewes.
The foundation was created after the death of SoDel Concepts founder Matt Haley in 2014. Haley, a noted philanthropist, was the recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.
“Matt helped so many people in coastal Delaware,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which has 12 restaurants, including the soon-to-open Thompson Island Brewing Company in Rehoboth Beach. “SoDel Cares was founded so that we could continue his legacy and support the people who live in our communities.”
Over the years, the nonprofit has made contributions to organizations that help children, at-risk youth and adults, and the elderly. Beneficiaries have included the Rehoboth Beach Boys & Girls Club, the Harry K Foundation, Pathways to Success, Primeros Pasos, the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and Camp Barnes.
The annual fundraiser, which has become a fall tradition in eastern Sussex County, will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, a bar, silent auction and live music.
“In the past, guests have included frequent customers, neighbors, area dignitaries, people in the nonprofit sector and local businesspeople,” Kammerer said. “Our team always enjoys socializing with everyone in such a relaxed atmosphere.”