Women’s health awareness, downtown Seaford focus of Live for Chocolate

Sherman the Shorebiard walks the line as high-heeled participants in the Mel’s Race for a Cure line up for introduction. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

SEAFORD — Pink and chocolate were just about everywhere in downtown Seaford on May 3.

It was all part of the 6th annual Live for Chocolate, a fun-filled, community-oriented event promoting women’s health awareness – and revitalization of Seaford’s downtown business district.

Nanticoke Health Services, Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce and the city of Seaford teamed up on the event, which drew a nice crowd.

“We come every year,” said Sandra Sammons, who was joined by family including her three children. “I bring my mother and my grandmother. It’s a family thing. My mom is a survivor of cancer; lymphoma and uterus cancer. My grandmother is a survivor of lung cancer. So that’s one of the reasons we come.”

Strawberries and marshmallows were tasty hits at the chocolate fountain at city hall, courtesy of Sweet Serenity Chocolates.

Chris Quinn and daughter Elizabeth sample the tasty offerings at the chocolate fountain provided by Sweet Serenity Chocolates. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

Chris Quinn of Laurel sampled chocolate fountain offerings with daughter Elizabeth. “My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor,” he said.

There was chocolate beer in the “man cave” at Dick’s Barber Shop and reports of tasty chocolate whiskey at Gallery 107, another High Street participant.

Many participating businesses served as “clue stops” for patrons participating in a scavenger hunt.

The evening’s highlight: Mel’s Race for a Cure 2019. Two-man tandems wearing high heels with related accessories took part in a hilarious relay fundraiser.

Wearing a pink shirt, Sherman the Shorebiard poses with Ava Pusey, Khloyee Brown and Madison Corkran at Live for Chocolate. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

This was the third year for the race, held in memory of Melody Booker-Wilkins, Sussex County’s Economic Development Director who passed away in September 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 52.

“Melody, for those who knew her, I would say when she walked into a room, she lit the up the room,” said Renee Morris, executive director of Nanticoke Health Services Foundation. “She loved her high heels.”

The race, which serves as a fundraiser through chance tickets to pick favorite entries, is held in conjunction with the Melody Joy Foundation. Proceeds help pay for mammograms for local women who can’t afford them.

Emerging as Mel’s Race for a Cure winners: WBOC’s Team Good Day Delmarva duo of Bill Mich and meteorologist Mike Lichniak, who employed some creative innovation with duct tape to strength ankles and secure their high-heels.

The basic tip they received from female co-workers was, “Don’t fall,” Mr. Mich said.

Among the many activities and attractions: a cake walk/survivors cake walk near city hall and health education/ free screenings at Procino-Wells & Woodland, LLC.

Sherman, the popular mascot of the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team, was on hand, appropriately wearing a pink shirt.

Seaford Mayor David Genshaw noted the event is multi-purpose.

“I think everybody sort of has their own mission. The hospital is certainly around health and promoting healthy living,” Mayor Genshaw said. “The chamber and the city are really a part of this to promote downtown. I think people are going ‘crazy’ to be outside, enjoying our riverfront and enjoying the businesses. It’s just a perfect night. All the businesses are open. People are going in and out for clues but it’s an opportunity for them to showcase their business. We believe that our downtown has changed so much over the last five years.”

“We’re excited about what is happening down here and we just want to keep that momentum going strong,” Mayor Genshaw added. “And tonight, is really a showcase to really have everybody outside.”

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