Sussex Estate Agents Gala on November 17 benefits local children in need


Sussex Strong, the Community Services Foundation of the Sussex County Association of Realtors, has announced that its Grease is the Word Gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, November 17 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

Before the pandemic, the foundation held a large themed gala each year to raise the majority of funds to help an average of 300 local children in need over the holiday season. Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has raised $1,537,380 and helped over 9,712 children in Sussex County.

In many local organizations, committee members collect a list of families in need, then shop for each child, prioritizing needs first. Each recipient receives a new coat, clothes and shoes. Some children even ask for toiletries and school supplies. Each child receives a toy, but the majority of what the foundation provides is for basic needs.

Purchase and packing dates and times will be announced.

Gala attendees can dress up as “Grease” characters and channel their inner 50s spirit. Costumes are encouraged but definitely not required.

Guests can enjoy great food from top local restaurants including 1776 Steakhouse, Big Oyster Brewery, Big Fish Grill, Irish Eyes, Jimmy’s Grille Catering, Grotto Pizza, Salted Rim and more.

Live music from The Fabulous Philadelphia Mojo Kings will enliven the evening. Silent and live auctions guarantee a chance to walk away with great products from local stores, amazing travel experiences and more. Plus, there will be a 50/50 raffle and a wall of wine.

Thank you to attending sponsors of the Sussex County Association of Realtors and Jack Lingo, Ocean Atlantic Group Sponsor Sotheby’s International Realty and Platinum Sponsors Bonnie Benson, Scott & Shuman and Vacasa.

Sponsorships are always available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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