‘50 years of IR PRIDE’ theme of alumni association’s Beef & Brew

FRANKFORD — Fifty years of “IR PRIDE” garners the spotlight Saturday, April 13 at the Indian River High School Alumni Association’s 7th Annual Beef & Brew.

The festive fundraiser, open to the public and IRHS alumni, features silent and live auctions, entertainment by The Glass Onion Band and an all-you-can-eat buffet spiced with some of the Tribbitt family’s famous recipes.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s banquet hall.

Nancy Hickman, IRHSAA president, said the alumni association is seeking to have as many IRHS Class of 1969 members attend the Beef & Brew in April and IRHS’s commencement in late May.

“They are trying to make an effort get as many graduates from 1969 to come to graduation,” said Ms. Hickman. “We’re asking alumni to spread the word.”

“It’s a special year,” Ms. Hickman said. “There is a lot of things in the works. It’s all about IR PRIDE … 50 years of IR PRIDE.”

Back again as major sponsors of Beef & Brew are Banks Wines & Spirits, WSFS Bank, Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, Gray’s Towing Service & Avery Hall Insurance.

A familiar face and voice – popular auctioneer Robert Kauffman – will again orchestrate bidding in the live auction. There is a 50/50 and a special raffle for a Yeti Cooler, sponsored by Dagsboro Paint and Wallpaper.

A new twist this year is the Sam Ellis Photo Booth, which organizers believe should add some excitement to the evening.

“It should add to the excitement and fun,” said Ms. Hickman. “It’s always a lot fun, between the great food and all the great auction items that we get. Of course, we have Glass Onion band coming back. We’re looking forward to a good successful night.”

Buffet selections include pit beef sandwiches, hot sausages, mac and cheese, the Tribbitt sisters’ famous family clam chowder and homemade desserts.

Beer, wine and soda are included.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased available at Delaware Appliance Distributors in Frankford or from IRHSAA members. Only 200 tickets are available.

Proceeds from the Beef & Brew, the alumni association’s largest single fundraiser, support the organization’s projects and efforts — all with ties to Indian River High School.

The IRHSAA’s IR Pride scholarship program, which offers support not only to graduating seniors but alumni looking to continue their education, has surpassed $40,000 in awards.

The alumni association revitalized the IRHS Hall of Fame and spearheaded fundraising efforts for the digital informational message board at the front high school entrance as well as signage at the back entrance.

IRHSAA frequently supports school clubs and organizations and facilitates staff/employee recognitions.

“Where there is a need we try to step up and help. That’s what we’re here for,” said Ms. Hickman. “It has just been a great organization to be part of. We’re happy for all the things we’ve done and support we get.”

IRHSAA welcomes new members, fresh faces and new ideas.

“We’d love to have more people join us, to come on board and help,” Ms. Hickman said.

Auction donations

IRHS alumnus Robert Daisey is donating a framed original watercolor by Art LaMay valued at $1,800.

Unique/new items include a fishing boat half-day adventure on the Judy V.; a campsite or cabin rental at Treasure Beach Campground and a certificate for a “Custom Home Watercolor” by a local artist.

Once again, there are many local restaurant gift cards.

“We will again have our ‘Beachy Wreath’ along with multiple gift cards available on our live auction table,” said IRHSAA member Ruth Ann Marvel. “This was a big hit last year.”

The auction table again includes the Steele Family Wine and a large handcrafted “Happy Campers” wreath donated by alumni Renee Valeski and Pam Browne.

Other donations include gift baskets, golf packages, hotel stays/packages and even wine tastings.

Some alumni living out of state who are unable to attend have submitted items to donate to continue to show their IR PRIDE, Ms. Marvel said.

“We appreciate the community always supporting us,” said Ms. Hickman. “We always have such great support from the community.”

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