F.Y.I. – April 2016


Out & About Staff


Things worth knowing

Women Entrepreneurs to Compete for $25,000

Women innovators will compete in the second Great Dames Remarkable Ideas Competition, hoping to secure $25,000 in seed money and services. Last year, 41 women from seven states competed, and a Delaware woman was selected. This year’s theme is Creating Solutions for a Healthier World.

The contest is split into three events: DEDO Director Bernice Whaley helped initiate the ideation session on March 14, then five selected candidates will pitch their ideas on April 11.

Secretary of Health & Social Services Rita Landgraf will announce the winner on May 9. The site for all three events is Pizza by Elizabeths in Greenville.

“We’re trying to be a catalyst for women entrepreneurs to come together to collaborate and create new offerings and businesses from their innovations,” says Great Dames CEO Sharon Kelly Hake. “We’re also providing a platform for women to articulate their big ideas.”

For information or tickets, visit Great-Dames.com/events.

DFVA Spring Art Show

The Hagley Soda House in Wilmington will host the 17th annual Spring Art Show on the weekend of April 8-10. Sponsored in part by Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, proceeds from the event provide scholarship money for Delaware students pursuing a career in the arts. Charles Rowe will be this year’s honored artist and his painting, “Black and White,” will be offered for sale. Art Show times vary daily. Visit dfva.org for more information.

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Day For Dogs

Saturday, April 9, is a big day for area canines looking for a good home. The second annual Woofstock at Bellevue Expo will take place in the Figure 8 Barn at Bellevue State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is a family fun festival promoting pet services and organizations in New Castle County. Local organizations will hold agility and obedience demonstrations and there will also be several rescue organizations showcasing pets available for adoption. Admission is free with park entrance fee! For more information visit delspca.org.

Later that evening, the 10th annual Muttini Mixer will take place at World Cafe Live at The Queen (500 N. Market St., Wilm.). This dog-friendly cocktail party (7-10 p.m.) benefits Delaware Humane Association. Dressy attire is encouraged for dogs and their owners. For tickets or more info visit muttinimixer.com.

For Kids’ Sake

Kind to Kids is an organization that services Delaware foster children, at-risk youth, and teens that have aged out of the system. This organization will present its Fifth Annual Spring Celebration Awards at the Hotel DuPont ballroom on Friday, May 6, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Senator Chris Coons will be the keynote speaker and the awards for Community Leader, Corporate Service, and Rising Star will be awarded, respectively, to Sarah Leath, president and publisher of The News Journal, Chip Rossi, Delaware Market president for Bank of America, and former foster youth John Shatesky. Registration is $40 per person, or you can register for a table of eight for $300. Visit kindtokids.org for more information.

Del Tufo Works on Display

The Mezzanine Art Gallery (820 N. French St., Wilm.) will be showing the work of contributing Out & About photographer Joe del Tufo throughout April. His piece, “Spirit of Eden: Nemours,” will be on view each day from 5 to 7 p.m. It features infrared photographs taking over a five-year period at historic Nemours Garden and Mansion. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information visit artsdel.org.

Poetry To Their Ears

Hannah Sturgis of Polytech High School was the winner of this year’s Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Brandon Dowson of Middletown High School was first runner-up and Jordan McMillian of Sanford School was second runner-up. Sturgis was awarded $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national championship on May 2-4. Polytech High School also will receive a $500 stipend to buy poetry books. For more information about the competition, visit artsdel.org.

Fred Sears to Receive Muriel E. Gilman Award

Fred Sears, a Wilmington native who recently retired as president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation, will be honored for his volunteer work on behalf of local youth during the 21st Century Fund for Delaware’s Children annual reception on Wednesday, April 13 (5:30-7:30 p.m.), at the University & Whist Club. Sears served the Delaware banking community for more than 38 years and is a former City of Wilmington councilman. He has served on more than 40 boards. The 21st Century Fund for Delaware’s Children was created by lifelong volunteer and children’s advocate Muriel E. Gilman. The organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children in Delaware. For tickets to the reception or more information on 21st Century visit 21childrensfund.org.

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