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
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
(firstname.lastname@example.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
(email@example.com) of the Seashore Striders
at 302-644-8952 to register for the Race for Open Space to
be held on 3/19/05.