Community to Celebrate the 2018 Lifeguards


The Big Chill Beach Club and La Vida Hospitality, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, will host the 2018 Lifeguard Award Celebration on Thursday, August 16th from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm. This annual event honors the outstanding men and women of the local lifeguard patrols including Bethany Beach, Delaware Seashore State Park, Fenwick Island, Middlesex Beach, North Bethany, Sea Colony and South Bethany. Each patrol nominates a Lifeguard of the Year to be honored during the event.


This community celebration will kick off in the party tent at The Big Chill Beach Club with an all you can eat taco bar, salad bar, desserts, amazing views, and music from DJ Hook – sponsored by Anne Powell + Associates. The awards portion of the evening, sponsored by Sea Shell City, will recognize a “Lifeguard of the Year” from each patrol, and the Chamber will present a check for $500 to Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany to help fund continued lifeguard service on the weekends during the popular “shoulder season” after Labor Day.


Each guard will attend the event for free, due to the generosity of signature sponsors: Anne Powell + Associates, Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop, and The Voice Radio Network; patrol sponsors: Banks Wine & Spirits, Beebe Healthcare, Custom Mechanical, PNC Bank, and The UPS Store; and buoy sponsors: Atlantic General Hospital, Bank of Ocean City, Creative Concepts, and John F. Kleinstuber.


Families of the guards and Chamber members are invited to attend the event for $10. Tickets are available at and the RSVP deadline is August 9th. After the awards, all guests are welcome to stay and enjoy live music from the band Funkshue from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The performance is open to the public (with tickets available at the door).


Complimentary parking will be provided for all registered guests, so come celebrate with the guards! For more information, call (302) 539-2100 or visit