Chefs Challenge Themselves for Extreme Bragging Rights

By Gloria Merryman, in Extreme Sponsors

Wednesday, August 24th at the VIP Tent at 4:00 p.m. is when several renowned area chefs will be dueling for bragging rights.

One chef pondering what to serve 200 guests is Gretchen Hanson.  She is the Executive Chef of Hobos Restaurant & Bar, a trendy spot on Baltimore Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Website?
This is her contribution to the build project of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  She wants to provide delicious food for volunteers and special guests, and to battle and duel and ultimately win that coveted prize.  She has been rounding up her troops, including her soon-to-be husband, Michael Daley.  Her demeanor?  Cool as a cucumber.
Gretchen has embraced more of a plant-based food culture.  You know, less milk and animal protein.  But she will be the first to tell you that she is not the perfect Vegan.
Her food has wonderful colors and textures.  They appeal to diverse palates.
Her restaurant is sensitive to people with food related allergies.  Gretchen’s concern for the environment carries into her restaurant; Hobos is a green establishment.
I know what she is making for the Challenge; I am not telling.  Remember, there are some that will win the battle, but Gretchen wants to win the war.
I have heard Gretchen say “Your Path, Your Journey, Your Choices”, a statement that so perfectly describes Rev. Dale Dunning and Jusst Sooup Ministry.  It has been her path, her journey, and most definitely her choice.
Sooo, why don’t we have some fun and let the duel begin…Talk to you later.

Pep Rally and Benefit Concert Experience

By Gloria Merryman, in Extreme

Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes recently went through its own extreme makeover, so it was the perfect venue for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Pep Rally.  The beautiful school hosted more than just a rally, the event was pretty much a celebration.

What’s the saying?  If you build it, they will come.  Well the building hasn’t even started yet, but we were all there.  Mascots, children, and adults.  I think I even saw a dog.  And those with physical challenges did not let that stop them.
Over 2,000 people from all over Sussex County came out to support the Extreme Makeover project!
You know when people say “you had to be there”.  That’s exactly what I am telling you too.  It was exciting, moving and also a learning experience.  The work that goes on behind the scenes is exhausting, but so rewarding. 
The history of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is like no other.  The stories of despair were very moving, and the stories of giving someone hope – priceless.
And so we listened, gathered and asked: What else do you need?  Plenty still is needed.  Everyone was giving their names or someone else’s name they thought could help.  Remember, the house is pretty much going to be built in 4 days.
When the rally was over, it was time for the Building Happiness Benefit Concert and what fun it was!!  The theater at Cape is beautiful.  There was entertainment for everyone in the audience. Some were singing, some were clapping, and some were even tapping their toes. 
Thanks to Schell Brothers and all the generous sponsors for a truly unforgeable evening.  I left with a smile on my face and as I write this post my smile is still there; it is midnight.
The fun is just beginning… stay tuned.

Discover Treasures at All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop

By Gloria Merryman, in Extreme Sponsors

It’s amazing that “Slower Lower” Sussex County will be the focus of Extreme Makover: Home Edition.  A well deserving family will be awarded the surprise of their lifetime, but along with that, the show offers much more than entertainment. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together, to overcome struggles, and to share in the joys.

A build project of this magnitude is only successful because of the volunteers, sponsors and donors that open more than their hearts.
It was surprising to see a thrift shop on the list of cash sponsors for this Extreme Makeover project, and even more surprising that they were able to donate $5,000! During these hard economic times, they contributed a substantial amount of money.
A Friendly Visit
On Monday I went to visit All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop in the Rehoboth Plaza. They are in what is often called “the forgotten mile”, but the area is not forgotten by any means. There is plenty of commerce on both sides of Coastal Highway; you’ve probably been caught in its traffic as you traveled north or south on Ocean Highway.
For a Monday morning, it was packed.  Were they giving something away?  The shop appeared to be quite stocked, even after the weekend. Very organized with friendly staffers helping the customers.
If anyone knows the hardships of someone in need is All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop.  It contributes to about 60 charities in Sussex County, besides the individual needs of some in the community, and other support organizations.
The Organizers
I met Lynn Kaplan and Richard Faull, who with an army of about 60 volunteers of all denominations make the Thrift Shop a must stop shop for quality and affordable merchandise.  Since 1994 this shop has been serving collectors, people living on a fixed income, students, and those that just love the art of “thrifting” – that love of rummaging through second hand stores, finding treasures that perhaps were someone’s trash, or imagining what the former life of the item was like.
Lynn loves taking customers around, putting an outfit together and making suggestions.  She said they have the best customers.
I wanted to meet them because I might not recognize them tonight at the Pep Rally.  Will they be crying or laughing?  Richard said he cries easily.  It will, definitely, be an emotionally charged evening.
The Pep Rally + Benefit Concert will take place at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware.  It will unite the community as a whole and it will be very powerful. I hope to see you there!

All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop
in the Rehoboth Plaza
20673 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
The Thrift Shop is open for business and donations, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Thrift Shop is also a member of the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches, which is a group of different denominations, together meeting the needs of others.
All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop is directly associated with All Saints’ Church, 18 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 and St. George’s Chapel, 20274 Beaver Dam Rd., Rt. 23, Harbeson, Delaware 19951.