F.Y.I. Things Worth Knowing
THE STATE OF DELAWARE’S RESTAURANT INDUSTRY
According to the Delaware Restaurant Association, Delaware lost more jobs in the restaurant industry between February-April 2020 than every state in the nation except Vermont and New York. More than 23,500 restaurant jobs were lost during that period, which equates to two of every three restaurant industry jobs. And a DRA survey of its membership revealed 81% of them felt they would still be operating at a loss in the first quarter of 2021.
The DRA goes on to state that research conducted in 75 Delaware restaurants demonstrates overall restaurant compliance to COVID-19 guidelines as established by the Delaware Division of Public Health. In fact, a survey of health inspectors responsible for accessing restaurant compliance indicated 92% of them would feel safe returning to those restaurants to dine themselves. For more on the condition of Delaware’s Restaurant industry, visit DelawareRestaurant.org
LA FATE GALLERY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Local artist Eunice LaFate will commemorate her gallery’s fifth anniversary on Sat., Sept. 26 with an afternoon of artistic engagement under the theme Rebounding From Grief to Growth. The event will take place at LaFate Gallery (227 N. Market St., Wilm.) from 1-4 p.m. and feature a silent auction “Art For A Cause.” For more details call (302) 656-6786.
GREAT DAMES TO HOST GLOBAL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Great Dames will host its first international virtual conference on five consecutive days, Sept. 21-25. The event will be live streamed from noon to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time). This year’s theme: Reimagine Your Remarkable Life.
The stellar list of speakers will include U.S. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (Delaware’s first Black female congresswoman); Joan Pendergrass (author, speaker, and wife of the late musician Teddy Pendergrass); Dr. Wendy Smith (University of Delaware professor and founder of the Women’s Leadership Forum); Leticia Gomez (pioneering Latinx literary, film, and television agent); Kay White (best-selling British author and career mentor); Miracle Olatunji (GenZ phenom and founder OpportuniMe); and DeLores Pressley (international speaker, author, and former guest of The Oprah Winfrey Show).
A highlight of the conference is the Remarkable Ideas Pitch on Thursday, Sept 24. Ten women will present their business ideas for reimagining their community to compete for a $1,000 cash prize. The winner will be announced on Friday, Sept. 25, the final day of the conference.
You must pre register to participate. Visit GreatDames.com/reimagine
DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY
Delaware libraries now have a new tool to encourage children to read with the expansion statewide of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Parents can enroll their child for the free program through any Delaware library, which enables them to receive one new book in the mail each month from birth until the child’s fifth birthday.
Books are selected by a national panel of early childhood literacy experts who review hundreds of children’s books each year and choose those that best fit the needs of children as they learn and grow. The program helps a child create a personal library of as many as 60 books that can help form the foundation of a child’s early reading experience.
CELEBRATING 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL
An exhibition of photographs and other memorabilia will be on display at the Christina Cultural Arts Center (705 N. Market St. Wilm.) Sept. 1 thru Oct. 1 in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Negro League Baseball and native son and Hall of Famer Judy Johnson. Included are photos of Johnson’s Hall of Fame induction along with images of him serving as a Phillies scout, alongside baseball legend Cool Papa Bell, and more. Major League Baseball is commemorating the anniversary with special events and acknowledgements during every Sunday game played throughout this season. MLB has also donated $1 million to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
AIDS WALK DELAWARE TAKES NEW PATH FOR 2020
AIDS Delaware and the Delaware HIV Consortium are converting their annual benefit walk into a statewide, week-long challenge, temporarily replacing the traditional two-city walk in Wilmington and Rehoboth. From Sept. 12-19, people are invited to “walk” when they want, how they want, and with whom they want. There will be no official in-person gathering.
“If we had gone with a traditional approach, we knew the Walk would have been cancelled” said John Beckley, Director of Development and Marketing at AIDS Delaware. “We also knew that we didn’t want to put anyone at risk.”
AIDS Walk Delaware is the state’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising and awareness event, benefiting numerous AIDS/HIV service providers statewide. This collaborative fundraiser is always critical, but more so in 2020, as all benefiting organizations have been financially and philanthropically impacted by COVID-19. The services they provide to the community and fulfilling the day-to-day needs of their clients, who already have compromised immune systems, is critical.
Greenhill Pharmacy has signed on as the presenting sponsor and organizers are hoping to raise $80,000 from this year’s virtual event. Those interested in walking can register at AIDSWalkDelaware.org.