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Lewes Dragon Boat Festival

The Lewes Dragon Boat Festival has quickly become one of the most exciting and competitive events to hit Lewes, Delaware. During the second weekend in September, Lewes’ Canalfront Park is transformed into a coliseum set for a sport unlike anything you have ever seen before.

The Lewes Dragon Boat Festival (LDBF) was created to support the capital campaign for the Sussex Academy, a public charter school that currently serves students in grades 6 through 10 in Sussex County, Delaware. All proceeds from the LDBF go directly to help pay for the campus and buildings of the Sussex Academy.

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Lewes Dragon Boat Festival 2014

Building for Ben

In the fall of 2011 the Knapp family’s son Ben, the oldest of three children, suffered a medical emergency which caused him to stop breathing for a significant period of time and left him severely physically disabled.

Their world was turned upside down, and the family home, which had always served them well, was now woefully unsuited for their new situation. A friend of the Knapp family brought their story to our attention about a year later, and as part of our ongoing community outreach program we decided to get involved and see how we could help.

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Bras for a Cause

Every summer since 2010 the Schell Brothers team has joined forces with hundreds of others in the surrounding area to support cancer research for the residents of Sussex County.

A bevy of Schell Brothers guys – including Chris Schell himself – don theme-oriented bras and model them for a crowd gathered in Rehoboth Beach.

Thousands of dollars are raised for the worthy cause, and the fun-spirited activities also go a long way to raising awareness in support of cancer research in coastal Delaware. Creativity is the name of the game, with decorative bras that include sparkling sequins, racy animal prints, and Hawaiian leis. Bras for a Cause is another great example of the investment made by county residents in supporting worthwhile organizations. The Sussex County community is fortunate to be served by caring medical professionals and top quality facilities that provide preventative screenings and personalized health care throughout the area.

Bras for a Cause 2013

Building Happiness with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

On August 31, 2011, together with thousands of volunteers from the community, we moved that bus for the Dunning family!

Our team at Schell Brothers is proud to have been selected as the builder for such an important endeavor. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project gave us an opportunity to help a deserving family right here in our county and that fits perfectly with our company culture and mission. There’s no doubt it was a lot of work, but definitely rewarding for all of us and it was an experience we’ll never forget.

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Watch our fun commercial that promoted the build.

Jusst Sooup Fundraiser

On February 26, 2011, Schell Brothers participated in a fundraising event which raised $3,000 in donations for Dale Dunning’s Jusst Sooup Ministry.

Chris Schell has been inspired and impressed by Dale’s work. "Dale Dunning is one of those rare people who truly puts the needs of others before her own. Her unselfish labor of love has been life-changing for people right here in the local community. Our team at Schell Brothers has developed a friendship with Dale and we’re proud to support her work." The Schell Brothers team also donated 6 acres of land to the Jusst Sooup organization to assist Dale Dunning in her continued service to the community.

To make a donation to Jusst Sooup Ministry visit JusstSooup.org

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Dale Dunning has always had a heart of giving.
Hear what people have to say about Dale in this video presented during the February fundraiser for Jusst Sooup Ministry.

Lewes Canalfront Park Project

The Lewes Canalfront Park project began in 1999 when citizens of Lewes joined together to raise funds to build a beautiful canalfront park on historical property that lies along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Ten years later, that dream has become a reality with the recent opening of the park.

Schell Brothers and the Schell family have played a vital role in the park since its conception, from monetary donations to volunteerism and ending with the entire Schell Brothers and Ocean Atlantic family coming together to construct the final portion of the park, with Chris and Preston Schell both hammering nails in the summer heat during the final days of construction.

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See how the final portion of the project, the playground, came together in early August, 2009.