More than 1,500 people enjoy the two Labor Day weekend events that make up CAMP Rehoboth’s Sundance each year.
They come to support the organization’s good works and for the fun, but another important part of Sundance is how sponsors and community partners come together to make both the auction and the dance over-the-top successes. From the top-shelf food served during the auction and the open bars both nights to the lavish auction items, memorable atmosphere and decor, Sundance provides an unparalleled experience.
Live and silent auctions will take place first night of Sundance 2019 – Rainbow XXXII: Ultraviolet Disco Day-Glo Sunrise, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31. Attendees will enjoy food from the award-winning Plate Catering by SoDel Concepts, a longtime sponsor. Known for its farm-to-table style using fresh, local ingredients, Plate Catering will provide a cocktail buffet that includes vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and low-carb options, plus its popular gourmet cookies.
Sundance also features all-night open bars for both the auction and dance, with longtime Bar Manager Rob Dick at the helm. CAMP Rehoboth Annual Premier Sponsor Smirnoff ensures that at least when it comes to vodka, the party never runs dry.
There is a sponsor lounge at the dance for donors at the $1,000-and-over level with its own bar and bartenders. These donors also receive extensive publicity exposure as well as tickets, T-shirts, and other benefits.
Sponsors and partners are vital to the success of the auction. Each year, award-winning travel agency Accent on Travel provides a luxurious trip that is one of the most sought-after auction items. “As owners of Accent on Travel, headquartered in Rehoboth Beach, my husband Rick and I are honored to be a premier sponsor for CAMP Rehoboth,” said Annette Nero Stellhorn. “I fully support efforts for understanding and respect for all people in the community. We choose travel offerings that not only provide an LGBTQ-friendly travel environment but also an exceptional travel experience.” This year, Accent on Travel is donating a river cruise for two on U by Uniworld, with sailings offered during 2019 or 2020.
Several companies have sponsored Sundance for years. “Katie and I have been sponsors for CAMP Rehoboth since we moved here 15 years ago,” said Gwen Osborne, who co-owns Signarama with her partner, Katie Handy. “We are proud to be a part of such an inclusive giving organization. We see CAMP as a role model in our community for bringing communities together in harmony.”
“We’re delighted to support CAMP Rehoboth,” said Terry Plowman, publisher of Delaware Beach Life magazine, another sponsor. “Serving as one of their media partners allows us to help them make their support dollars go further.”
Sundance 2019 – Rainbow XXXII: Ultraviolet Disco Day-Glo Sunrise will include the popular Sundance Disco Twilight Tea Dance. Funds raised support local community health initiatives, and fair and equitable treatment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2018, CAMP Rehoboth outreach programs served over 6,500 individuals, and its health and wellness programs served nearly 10,000.
Sundance offers two nights of fun. The first event Aug. 31 features a silent auction, live auction with Lorne Crawford, and an all-night cocktail buffet and open bar. Items up for bid include art, trips, gifts, sports memorabilia and one-of-a-kind opportunities. The second night, Sunday, Sept. 1, includes the Sundance Disco Twilight Tea from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring DJ Robbie Leslie, and the traditional Sundance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with music by DJ/Remixer Joe Gauthreaux and lights by Paul Turner. Participants can attend either or both nights; tickets are $50 for one night or $90 for both.
To purchase tickets, go to camprehoboth.com. To learn about hosting and sponsorship opportunities, and discuss payment options, call Murray Archibald at 302-227-5620.
All Sundance proceeds benefit CAMP Rehoboth, a nonprofit corporation, and support its activities and programs for the Rehoboth community. For more information, go to camprehoboth.com.