FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 23, 2005

CONTACT: Wendy O. Baker
Sussex County Land Trust
302-227-0287
wobaker@sclandtrust.org

 

SUSSEX COUNTY LAND TRUST GEARS UP FOR TWO LARGEST FUNDRAISERS OF THE YEAR
 

Taryn Burris, Carly Miller, and Lori Schell

Formed in December of 2001, the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) has just celebrated its third anniversary and is looking forward to an ambitious land preservation and education plan for 2005. To continue raising awareness, funding ongoing conservation needs and completing the restoration of the Wolfe House, the SCLT is planning two fundraising events for the spring of 2005. The 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk Race for Open Space will be held the morning of March 19 on the Junction and Breakwater Trail, located between Rehoboth Beach and Lewes on Wolfe Neck Road. On the evening of April 16th, the Baycenter at Ruddertowne in Dewey Beach will be host to the annual Sussex County Land Trust Ball.

Many of last year’s corporate sponsors have returned for both events, including Carl M. Freeman Communities, Duffield Associates & Merestone, The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay, Caldera Properties, Villages of Five Points and Frank Robino Associates. In addition, Schell Brothers has agreed to be one of the Ball sponsors at this year’s event. Due to the positive response and support of the local business community, underwriting opportunities have been expanded to include room for a few more sponsorship opportunities. “Assistance from the community in terms of sponsorship will allow us to give 100% of our ticket proceeds and race registration to the land trust,” says Wendy Baker, president & CEO of the SCLT.

Baker and her co-chairs of both the SCLT Ball and the Race for Open Space, Christine Strauss and John Snow, have been busy preparing for the events since last year. They have been thrilled with the number of new volunteers and the excitement they have brought to the planning process. Committee chairs include: Carly Miller, Decorations; Heather Gray, Silent and Live Auction; Kelly Sylvester, Entertainment and Roger Reed, Registration just to name a few. “It’s been wonderful to receive an outpouring of support from this community in donating time and money to land preservation in Sussex County,” says Baker.

In addition to both events, the SCLT will recognize the efforts of individuals throughout the county by honoring a local individual with Sussex County’s second “Steward of the Land” award. Nominees should have demonstrated a strong commitment to preserving land and open space in Sussex County in the past year. The recipient will be announced the evening of the Ball.

Please contact Wendy Baker (wobaker@sclandtrust.org) at 302-227-0287 with any questions on the SCLT Ball, nominations for Steward of the Land, or sponsorship questions.
Please contact Tim Bamforth (
tbamforth@prodigy.net) of the Seashore Striders (www.seashorestriders.com) at 302-644-8952 to register for the Race for Open Space to be held on 3/19/05.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 19, 2004

CONTACT: Krissy Clary
Maverick Marketing
302.344.9062
krissy@maverickmktg.net

 

Rock On! Largest Rockfish of the Season So Far – 48.6 lbs
Caught at Indian River Marina on October 18, 2004

Congratulations to Matt Kistler and Dave Worrell who caught this 46.8 lb Rockfish on Monday, October 18, 2004. The fish was weighed at Hook ‘em & Cook ‘em at the Indian River Marina south of Dewey Beach. This bodes well for the fishermen in this weekend’s First Annual Rocktober Fishing Tournament & Festival at the Marina. Over $24,000 in prize money is available to participants in the tournament as well as fun for the whole family each day of the festival. The festival opens at 4 pm on Friday, October 22 and concludes on Sunday afternoon, October 24. From the live music each day to the delicious food to the educational aquatic programs, there is something for everyone this weekend at the Rocktober Fishing Tournament & Festival.
Please call 302-645-5944 for a detailed schedule of events at the Festival.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 12, 2004

CONTACT: Krissy Clary
Maverick Marketing
302.344.9062
krissy@maverickmktg.net

   

Rocktober Fishing Tournament and Festival Promises
Something for Everyone

[REHOBOTH BEACH—October 12] The inaugural Rocktober Fishing Tournament and Festival will be held at the Indian River Marina from Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24, with funds raised donated directly to the Horsey Family Youth Foundation and the Sussex County Land Trust. Free live concerts will be performed all three days at Tournament headquarters at the marina, located within Delaware Seashore State Park. Anglers, visitors, and spectators are all welcome to participate in the tournament festivities throughout the weekend. The three-day festival will feature a variety of activities, from viewing the official weigh-ins and educational marina events to munching on local seafood and enjoying the regional bands under the big tent.

Friday afternoon events will be kicked off by one of the Eastern Shore’s favorite bands, Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys. Labeling their brand of music “beach country”, they play a variety of music including “a bit of Buffett, a gallon of Gill, and a sprinkle of Skynyrd,” according to band members. The result is funky, folksy, funny, beachy and feel-good music for the whole family. The show is scheduled to start at 4:00pm.

While the anglers are competing for the $6,000 purse for the largest rockfish on the water, there will be a variety of activities on dry land. Continuing at noon on Saturday, the Marina will be home to a traveling Big Fish Grill of Rehoboth Beach serving up some of their famous seafood. Visitors will be able to take part in casting demonstrations by the Saltwater Fly Fishermen of Delmarva, board some of the hottest fishing boats on the market or view the two custom motorcycles, The Brimstone and The Wicked, being raffled off by the Horsey Family Youth Foundation.

Once again, the music will begin Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm with HyJinx playing the blend of music that made them one of the Bottle and Cork’s favorite bands this summer. Regulars on the fishing tournament schedule, HyJinx performed in July at the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 at the Canyon Club in New Jersey, combining a variety of crowd-pleasing covers from the 80’s and 90’s.

Another of Dewey Beach’s well-loved musical acts will bring back the days of summer this Sunday morning at the tournament. Beginning at 10:00am, Doug Segree, a mid-Atlantic music scene mainstay, will perform his original melodic brand of music live at the festival. Along with the events mentioned above, the Starboard of Dewey Beach will also be mixing their famous Bloody Marys for early morning visitors. All proceeds throughout the weekend will be donated to two local charities, the Horsey Family Youth Foundation and the Sussex County Land Trust. Many local businesses have generously sponsored this event, including the two Captain level sponsors, The Big Fish Grill and Schell Brothers, and event organizers are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend benefiting a good cause.

For further info, including registration forms for the fishing tournament or directions, please call 302.645.594 or visit www.rocktoberfishing.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 2, 2004

CONTACT: Krissy Clary
Maverick Marketing
302.344.9062
krissy@maverickmktg.net

   

First Annual Rocktober Fishing Tournament & Festival
To Be Held This Fall

INDIAN RIVER INLET—August 1, 2004¬¬– With over $24,000 in prize money, the three-day Rocktober Fishing Tournament and Festival to be held on October 22-24, 2004, promises to bring excitement to the start of the fall Striped Bass fishing season. Indian River Marina, located on the north side of the Inlet five miles south of Dewey Beach, will serve as the Tournament headquarters. The marina has undergone extensive renovations over the past year and will be host to live music, food, and fun throughout the tournament. All proceeds raised through the event will be donated to two local charitable organizations, the Horsey Family Youth Foundation and the Sussex County Land Trust.

The Striped Bass, locally known as Rockfish, is one of area anglers’ favorite fish to pursue in the fall and a $6,000 cash prize will be awarded to the angler catching the largest rockfish. Additional cash payouts will be made in the rockfish category as well as in the yellow fin tuna and flounder divisions. The payouts will be based on the number of boats registering for the tournament with a maximum of 175 boats allowed. All registered captains will be able to leave from their home ports or trailer to one of the many boat ramps in Sussex County. All fish must then be weighed in at the official Tournament scale at the Indian River Marina with spectators on shore will add to the fun.

While the fishing will begin at daybreak on Friday, October 22, festivities under the tent will kick into high gear that afternoon. A wide assortment of seafood, sandwiches, raw bar, and po’boys will be available, local celebrities will be pouring frothy beverages at the beer truck and entertainment and a running commentary will be provided by an on-site radio station. Saturday’s planned events will include additional vendors, live bands and a crab feast. The Starboard will be at the Marina Sunday morning with their world famous Bloody Mary’s, breakfast and music all day. The tournament portion will end with lines out of the water at 3:00pm Sunday afternoon and the prizes awarded immediately following.

The Tournament is receiving strong support from members of the local and regional communities. Big Fish Grill of Rehoboth Beach has generously provided top level Captain Sponsorship with The Cape Gazette and The Beach Paper, WBOC, Comcast Cable, Hartford Insurance Group, the Rusty Rudder and Crabbers Cove, and Starboard all graciously giving time, money and donations to support the tournament and the charities. These two local charities are thrilled to be planning the Rocktober Fishing Tournament and if all goes well, plan to continue this event for years to come. “We feel that the tournament will provide a great outlet for people to support a good cause while enjoying fishing, live music, and all sorts of activities over the weekend,” said Wendy O. Baker, president of the Sussex County Land Trust. “We’ve been putting a lot of time and effort into the planning to make it as successful and fun as possible for the whole community.”

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please call 302-645-5944.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 2, 2004

CONTACT: Wendy O. Baker
Sussex County Land Trust
302-227-0287
wobaker@sclandtrust.org

 

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS SOLD OUT FOR SUSSEX COUNTY LAND TRUST BALL AND 5K RACE FOR OPEN SPACE
Local Events to Celebrate Earth Day on March 20, 2004

The corporate sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming Sussex County Land Trust Ball as well as the associated 5K Race for Open Space have been completely sold out thanks to the generosity of local Sussex County business owners. Both events will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2004. The 5K Race for Open Space will start at 9 am on the new bike trail between Rehoboth and Lewes, the Junction and Breakwater Trail, starting from the Wolfe Neck Road parking lot off of Route One. Later that evening, the inaugural Sussex County Land Trust Ball will be held at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. “We are so grateful for the community support we have received in regards to the upcoming Land Trust Ball and Race,” said Wendy Baker, president of the organization. “This is first year that our organization has held a fundraiser of this size and we are absolutely thrilled by the level of support we have received from the community.”

Four corporate sponsorship levels were established for the two events and supporters include The Carl M. Freeman Communities (Platinum Sponsor); Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center, Duffield Associates, Merestone Consultants, The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay, and Caldera Properties (Gold Sponsors); Java Beach Bagel Company and Villages of Five Points (Silver Sponsors). Many additional companies have purchased tables at the ball as Bronze Sponsors which has led to a complete sell out for the evening’s festivities at the Atlantic Sands. “We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend of events,” said Baker. “One of our main goals as an organization this year is to raise awareness of the Sussex County Land Trust within the community and these activities will give us an opportunity to spotlight our mission and progress over the past two years as well as our plans going forward.”

Registration for the 5K Race for Open Space will open at 9 am on the morning of Saturday, March 20. The parking lot on Wolfe Neck Road will be used as the information and registration area with plenty of parking available there as well as along the road. WaWa has generously agreed to donate snacks for the race and the first 100 pre-registered participants will receive a long sleeve T-Shirt. Awards will be given to the Overall and Masters Champions and the top three finishers in each age group. The entrance fee for the race is $15 for Pre-registration and $20 for Race Day Registration.

Please contact Wendy Baker (wobaker@sclandtrust.org) at 302-227-0287 with any questions on the SCLT Ball, nominations, or sponsorship questions.
Please contact Tim Bamforth (
tbamforth@prodigy.net) of the Seashore Striders (www.seashorestriders.com) at 302-644-8952 to register for the Race for Open Space.
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 2004

CONTACT: Wendy O. Baker
Sussex County Land Trust
302-227-0287
wobaker@sclandtrust.org

   

SUSSEX COUNTY LAND TRUST PLANS
WEEKEND OF EVENTS IN MARCH
INCLUDES INAUGURAL FUNDRAISING BALL AND 5K RACE FOR OPEN SPACE

Formed in December of 2001, the Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) has just celebrated its second anniversary and is looking forward to an ambitious land preservation and education plan for 2004. To continue raising awareness and funds for the county’s ongoing conservation needs, the SCLT is planning two events for Saturday, March 20, 2004. The first annual 5K Run/Walk Race for Open Space will be held that morning on the new bike trail between Rehoboth and Lewes, the Junction and Breakwater Trail, starting from the Wolfe Neck Road parking lot off of Route One. Later that evening, the inaugural Sussex County Land Trust Ball will be held at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.

“Our next steps as an organization are to continue to promote awareness of our preservation goals as well as to develop a comprehensive stewardship program within the Sussex County Land Trust,” says Wendy Baker, president & CEO of the SCLT. “We have received so much positive feedback and support already from the community and realize that this is a cause which is important to so many residents – and visitors – to our area. Hosting the 5K Race and the Ball on March 20 will help us further raise both awareness and funds for the Land Trust.”

The SCLT planning committee is also accepting corporate or individual sponsorships for the race and the ball. “There are sponsorship opportunities for both events that weekend,” says Baker. “Assistance from the community in terms of sponsorship will allow us to give 100% of our ticket proceeds to the land trust.” Java Beach Bagel Company of Rehoboth Beach, owned by Jeff Hamer, Charlie Helmer, and Tom Brennan, was the first corporate sponsor and has underwritten the coffee, expresso and dessert bar for the night of the ball.

The date of March 20 was chosen for the events as it is the official International Earth Day for 2004. Earth Day is on the March Spring Equinox each year and represents Nature’s Day all over the world. In addition to both events that day, the SCLT is also accepting nominations from the community for Sussex County’s “Steward of the Land” award. Nominees should have demonstrated a strong commitment to preserving land and open space in Sussex County. All nominations should be sent to Wendy Baker either via e-mail to wobaker@sclandtrust.org or phone at 302-227-0287.

Please contact Wendy Baker (wobaker@sclandtrust.org) at 302-227-0287 with any questions on the SCLT Ball, nominations, or sponsorship questions.
Please contact Tim Bamforth (
tbamforth@prodigy.net) of the Seashore Striders (www.seashorestriders.com) at 302-644-8952 to register for the Race for Open Space.
 

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