Lifeguard Award Celebration Moves Oceanfront in August

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The Big Chill Beach Club and La Vida Hospitality, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, will host the 2017 Lifeguard Award Celebration on Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m.  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 Beach, Sea Colony and South Bethany. Each patrol also nominates a Lifeguard of the Year, selected by the captain, who are honored individually during the event and receive a customized cornhole set, sponsored by Atlantic Shoals, in recognition.

he celebration will kick off in the party tent at newly opened, Big Chill Beach Club, along with music and games. During the celebration, the Chamber will also present a check for $500 to the towns of Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany to help fund continued lifeguard service on the weekends after Labor Day, the traditional end of lifeguard season. “Our lifeguards have a significant responsibility to protect those who enjoy the Quiet Resorts beaches,” says executive director, Kristie Maravalli. “The Chamber is honored to recognize their work as tourism is an economic driver in our region and safe beaches are crucial to the industry.” Each guard will attend the event for free, due to the generosity of signature sponsors: Anne Powell +Associates and Coastal Tented Events; patrol sponsor: Banks Wine & Spirits; supporting sponsors: Bank of Ocean City, Bethany Area Realty, Creative Concepts and John F. Kleinstuber; as well as associate sponsors of Hugh Hickman & Sons, and One Coastal.  For more information, call (302) 539-2100 or visit