Cape Gazette

Sports Briefs

Aug 27, 2014

Delaware Hospice Golf Outing set for Oct. 6

Since 1982, families coping with serious illness have enjoyed a better quality of life with the help of Delaware Hospice care teams. The support of volunteers and donors has contributed to its success in meeting the needs of patients and families during those special times.

Delaware Hospice’s annual golf outing offers a fun opportunity to support this worthwhile cause. The Delaware Hospice Sussex County Golf Outing will be held Monday, Oct. 6, at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro.

The fee is $125 per person, which includes greens fees, cart, lunch, refreshment cart and an awards reception.

Sponsors include gold sponsor NRG, and silver sponsor Nickle Electrical Companies. The format will be a scramble. Registration and range open at 10 a.m.; lunch is at 11 a.m., and a shotgun start comes at 12 p.m. The awards reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres with wine and beer.

The golf outing will offer team prizes for low gross, closest to the pin for men and women, longest drive for men and women, and a putting contest.

Sponsorships at varying levels are available: Presenting Sponsor ($2,500), Gold Sponsor ($2,000), Silver Dinner Sponsor ($1,500), Bronze Sponsor ($1,000), Hole Sponsor ($500), Prize Sponsor ($300), Sand Trap Sponsor ($250), and Golf Foursome ($500). All sponsors will receive recognition on a sponsor sign at the event. To be recognized in printed materials, submit sponsorship before Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Delaware Hospice is the largest, most experienced and only nonprofit hospice in the area. Funds raised from the Golf Outing will help Delaware Hospice continue to provide a high standard of excellence in its care of patients and families, and provide community outreach programs, such as New Hope for grieving children and Transitions for seriously ill individuals.

For more information about the Delaware Hospice Golf Outing or about Delaware Hospice, or contact Peggy Dolby, associate director of development, at 302-746-4666 or

Bagel Bombers hold food drive through Sept. 5

Now through Friday, Sept. 5, the Bagel Bombers Youth Baseball Organization will coordinate a military care package drive that will culminate with the presentation of donations to Operation We Care Saturday, Sept. 6, at Georgetown Airport.

Jeff Merritt, Operation We Care’s lead coordinator, is grateful to the Bagel Bombers for initiating this collection effort. “A lot of people think about care packages just during the holidays, but the need is there 365 days a year,” said Merritt. “Hundreds of local Delmarva service men and women will benefit from these care packages. It’s like sending a little slice of home their way.”

Adam Gelof, who heads the Bagel Bombers organization and coaches his youngest son’s 13U team, said, “When so many Americans feel unable to express their support for our troops, this is a tangible way to brighten their day. Our players and their families understand how fortunate they are, and this military care package drive is a way our players can recognize sacrifices made by others.”

The Bagel Bombers invite all members of the community to lend a hand by bringing needed care package items to Casual Carpet (next to Surf Bagel) by Friday, Sept. 5. Dave Vitella, 16U Bagel Bombers coach and owner of Surf Bagel, hopes with the support of the community, the Bagel Bombers can reach their goal of collecting over 1,000 items. The top 10 most-needed items include: Chef Boyardee canned pop-top pasta, toothpaste, disposable razors, instant oatmeal, microwave popcorn, Pop-Tarts, instant tea bags, deodorant, shampoo/body wash and dental floss.

Operation We Care is a 501c3 organization. A full list of items can be found at

Cannonball 5K to be held Sept. 14

The Lewes Historical Society will host the 11th Annual Cannonball 5K Run & Trenny Elliott Memorial Walk Sunday, Sept. 14, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race benefits the society's preservation and educational programming.

The 5K run, 5K walk and 1-mile fun walk will begin and end at the Lewes Historical Society’s Historic Complex. The race runs by some of Lewes’s most historic and beautiful homes, vistas and streetscapes along Second Street, Bank Street and Pilottown Road.

Enjoy the beautiful race course, five-year age groups, tech T-shirts and chip timing. An awards ceremony and post-race party will be held at the Lewes Historic Complex, with refreshments by Nectar Cafe & Juice Bar. Unique, handcrafted wooden cannonballs are presented to first-place winners in each category, as well as medals for second- and third-place winners; special hand-carved trophies are awarded for overall and masters champions.

The Lewes Historical Society is very grateful to the 2014 Cannonball Race sponsors: Champion Sponsor Beebe Healthcare; Henlopen: Lewes Printing; Gold: County Bank, Jack Lingo Realtor, M&T Bank; Silver: The Stepping Stone; Bronze: Cape Gazette, George Miles & Buhr, PNC Bank. Special thanks to Trophy Sponsor Bert Long Bayside Carvings; Post-Race Party Sponsor Nectar Cafe and Juice Bar; and Water Sponsor Fiji Water.

To register for the Cannonball Race or to become a sponsor, visit, or call 302-645-7670 for more information.

5Ks set for Rehoboth Oct. 25-26

The Sea Witch 5K Fall Classic and 1-Mile Fright Walk will be held at Grove Park at 9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 26. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Many of the more than 500 runners arrive in costume. Prizes are presented not only for time, but also for the best costumes. Past winners have included cartoon characters, cheerleaders, various farm animals and monsters. To preregister online or for more information visit

Looking for a slower pace? Take part in the family-oriented, noncompetitive 5K or 10K First State Webfooters Walk. Participants start the walk from the Henlopen Hotel Saturday, Oct. 25 or Sunday, Oct. 26 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. All walk participants must finish by 5 p.m. Join the First State Webfooters walking club for fun, fitness and friendship. For more information, visit

Blue-Gold Golf Classic set for Sept. 22

The 20th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold Sussex Golf Classic is open for registration for interested golfers. This year’s event will take place Monday, Sept. 22, at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. Participants may sign up in groups of four or register as individual players.

DFRC Blue-Gold Golf Classics are held annually in each of Delaware’s three counties. The first tournament teed off in New Castle County in 1988, and with Kent and Sussex counties following the lead, together the three tournaments have raised more than $1 million for DFRC. Statewide sponsors from Sussex County are the Dewey Beach Lions Club, Shore Silver and Irish Eyes.

The format for the event is a four-person scramble, which will feature contests like closest to the pin and longest drive, and will conclude with an award presentation for top finishers. Participants will receive lunch, an event shirt and a 19th hole reception with an open-bar happy hour and dinner buffet immediately following play. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event kicks off with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

“We’re very excited to approach the 20th anniversary of the DFRC Blue-Gold Golf Classic in Sussex County. Having Morgan-Stanley and PATS Aircraft Services continue their support as major sponsors of the tournament is integral to the funding DFRC is able to realize from this endeavor,” said Dan Tidwell, DFRC Sussex County coordinator. “We’re looking forward to another outstanding opportunity to promote DFRC in Sussex County.”

Part of the constantly expanding events for DFRC supporters, this is the latest endeavor in the months leading up to the 60th DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game to be held Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the University of Delaware football stadium. All proceeds benefit programs for people who are intellectually challenged, through grants provided by DFRC.

Cost is $175 per participant. Online registration is available at

Opportunities are available for businesses and organizations to support this event as a statewide, hole or event sponsor. Sponsor information can be found at or by contacting the DFRC office at 302-454-2730.

Ronald McDonald 5K Sept. 20 in Lewes

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Races2Run and Irish Eyes will present the third annual Ronald McDonald 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Sept. 20, at Irish Eyes in Lewes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and race starts at 9 a.m. Honorary co-chairs are Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes and Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton.

Runners and walkers are welcome. Irish Eyes will host a post-race party with free drinks and food. Ronald McDonald will lead the free Kiddie K at 8:50 a.m. Preregistration is $20 and day-of cost is $25. Register at

Clothing Our Kids golf tourney Oct. 15

The inaugural Clothing Our Kids Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Long Neck. The scramble format event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Cost is $150 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart; deli-style boxed lunch and iced water coolers on the cart; two drink tickets for beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages redeemable from roaming carts; and Peninsula Signature items: metal divot tool, bag tag, ball and ball marker. There will be six contests: closest to the pin, longest drive, and three team prizes. A buffet awards dinner will follow the round with a cash bar, raffles and door prizes. Payment is due by Sunday, Aug. 31.

Clothing Our Kids is a local 501c3 charity that provides essential school clothing to impoverished Sussex County children, grades pre-K through five. The goal is to never turn a child away. Last year, the organization helped almost 1,000 kids with about 6,500 clothing items. However, as needs continue to grow, financial resources are increasingly strained.

For more information, about Clothing Our Kids, go to For any questions or registration, contact Suzanne Worrall at 908-638-8844 or

VIA golf tourney set for Sept. 22

The 16th Annual Village Improvement Association Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 22, at The Peninsula Golf Club in Millsboro. Registration for the event is $125, which includes cart, Southern barbecue lunch and prizes galore. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. For more information, go to and click on events or call 302-226-1681. Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities.

Annual wild turkey survey ongoing

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for Delawareans to assist with its 5th annual wild turkey survey, helping with locations and determining how many of the big birds exist in Delaware. The data also will help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state’s wild turkey population with the goal of ensuring a sustainable harvest of this treasured and robust game species.

Beginning in early 1984, with support from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists released 34 wild-trapped turkeys from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont into Sussex and Kent counties. Reintroductions continued through the 1990s, and once the population had established a foothold in Delaware, a hunting season was opened in 1991. Today, Delaware has a healthy statewide population estimated at 6,000 birds.

To help ensure the continued success of wild turkeys in Delaware, the Division of Fish and Wildlife needs information on the big birds’ annual reproductive success. One simple and cost-effective method is for volunteers to record and report sightings of turkeys during their day-to-day activities. The 2014 survey period will continue through Sunday, Aug. 31. Upon sighting turkeys, participants are asked to record the date, location and number of adult hens (females), gobblers (males), and poults (young of the year) they observe. Participants are asked to submit their results by Wednesday, Sept. 10.

For more information, contact wildlife biologist Matthew DiBona at 302-735-3600.

Kids Cottage Tennis offers weekly camps

Kids Cottage Tennis and Sports Camps are offering weekly camps at big discounts for local kids ages 3-12. Camp space is available for local families for $10 per day and $50 per week. Regular pricing for out-of-state campers is $200 for the five-day camp, 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays. This fun camp is being made available for local families who might not otherwise have an opportunity to have a camp experience this summer. No tennis experience is required, and kids will learn tennis immediately. All equipment is provided, but campers should bring a swimsuit, hat, sunscreen and water. Lunch is available from KCCC pool grill and also discounted from Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach. Camps need to have a minimum of 10 to qualify for the discounted price. Campers will learn tennis, play fun games and swim in the pool. Camps run until Aug. 22. Campers may register with Marty Godwin by calling 310-418-5000 or emailing

Bottle & Cork 10-Miler and 5K Sept. 6

The 38th annual Gary P. Lister Bottle & Cork 10-Miler and 5K will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, starting and ending at the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach.

“The Bottle & Cork race began in 1977 and is one of the oldest running competitions in the state,” said Race Director Wayne Kursh.

The race course has changed over the years from a half marathon to a 10-mile run. Legend has it that the runners didn’t like the course that ran past the Bottle & Cork, but they wanted to finish there. So the 10-mile and 5K courses were born.

“Twelve years ago, the race was renamed in honor of Gary P. Lister, who was a schoolteacher and worked at the Bottle & Cork. This is an annual historic running event,” Kursh said.

Wayne and Barb Kursh, race directors, invite everyone in the area to come and be a part of this exciting finale to the Dewey Running and Walking Series. Parking is free in Dewey on race day until 11 a.m.

Registration is available online at or locally at the Rehoboth Beach Running Company until the Thursday before the race. Cost for the 10-Miler is $30 in advance and $35 from Thursday until race day. The 5K cost is $20, or $25 from Thursday to race day. Packet and number pickup will be available Friday, Sept. 5, at the Bottle & Cork from 5 to 7 p.m. Day of race registration will open at 6:45 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. sharp.

The race benefits the Sussex Consortium, which is in the Cape Henlopen School District and serves 140 special needs students from Sussex County.

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