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Best of the Beach Art Auction to mark 25 years June 14

Event benefits Beebe Healthcare, Rehoboth Art League
May 09, 2014
“View from Savage’s Ditch Rehoboth Bay” by featured artist Laura Hickman.

Beebe Medical Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Best of the Beach Art Auction, Dinner & Dance will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 14, under a tent on the grounds of Beebe Healthcare’s Health Campus on Route 24 north of Rehoboth Beach.

The annual Best of the Beach fundraiser galvanizes community support for both Beebe Healthcare and the Rehoboth Art League. This important fundraising event becomes more exciting each year, and well deserves its top billing as the most enjoyable evening of the summer season.

The featured artist will be Laura Hickman with her painting titled, “View from Savage’s Ditch Rehoboth Bay.” Hickman attended Hood College, Trinity College’s Barbieri Center and graduated with an MFA in printmaking, painting and drawing from the University of Delaware. After teaching at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Savannah College of Art and Design, she returned home to Bethany Beach to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time artist. She has exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic region and has had two exhibitions in Germany. Her artwork is in many private and corporate collections including the Washington, D.C. residence of Vice President Joe Biden.

This year, Big Fish Grill will cater, and the band Remedy will keep partygoers on the dance floor. In addition to the showcase live auction, the evening will include a traditional silent auction featuring art and gift items. A new twist for silent auction bidding this year is Bidpal, which allows wireless bidding via personal smartphone.

The proceeds will be designated to the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and provide a simulation manikin to advance training and experience. A simulation trainer is a life-size manikin and software system that performs and reacts like a real-life patient. Using a simulation manikin provides students the opportunity to participate in a multitude of clinical circumstances including high-anxiety situations in a safe learning environment.

As a result, learners build confidence in their assessments, skills, communication techniques, and decision-making abilities. Simulation training allows for an active learning environment and lends itself perfectly to nursing education.

For ticket or sponsorship information, go to bidpal.net/beebeartauction or call Beebe Medical Foundation at 302-644-2900. Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 with the sole mission to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Healthcare. The foundation office is at 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Visit online at www.beebefoundation.org.

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