Cape Gazette

Rehoboth Sister Cities kicks off fundraising for garden

By Ryan Mavity | Feb 27, 2013
Photo by: Ryan Mavity

Henlopen Acres — Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities Association launched a fundraising campaign as it races the clock to finish the “Garden of the Navigators” before a delegation from sister city Greve in Chianti, Italy, arrive Friday, June 21.

The garden is expected to cost $66,000, Commissioner Pat Coluzzi said. The association has already received an $18,000 grant from the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture, but needs to raise all the money before it can begin building.

To that end, the association held a fundraiser at the home of Henry and Marcia DeWitt, a board member of the sister cities association, in Henlopen Acres.

Part of the event was a presentation from designer Ray Zebrowski, who designed a garden in Greve that pays tribute to Rehoboth. Zebrowski said the Garden of the Navigators is a nice mix of formal and informal design and that he hopes the garden will become a destination for visitors and residents.

Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities Association board members Marcia DeWitt, left, and Commissioner Pat Coluzzi mingle with Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach. DeWitt hosted the kickoff fundraiser for the Garden of the Navigators, which will be built by the association and donated to the city. (Photo by: Ryan Mavity)
Enjoying a fundraising event for Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities Association are (l-r) Henry DeWitt, Mimi Peters and Toni Sharp. Catering for the event was provided by Touch of Italy, which will also pay for the benches and trash cans at the Garden of the Navigators in Lake Gerar Park at Olive and Lake avenues. (Photo by: Ryan Mavity)
Monica Viana, left, and Mary Theresa Morrison greet guests at the fundraiser. Morrison also serves on the board of Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities Association and is the official translator for the group, being fluent in Italian and Spanish. (Photo by: Ryan Mavity)
Rehoboth Beach Sister Cities Association Treasurer Francis “Bunky” Markert makes his fundraising pitch. “We like checks,” he joked. (Photo by: Ryan Mavity)
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