Auctions, music and food brewing at IRHSAA’s Beef & Brew

FRANKFORD – Fun times in fundraising are drawing near.

Home-cooked food, socializing, reunions, music. dancing and live and silent auctions are in the offing at Indian River High School Alumni Association’s annual fundraiser.

Restaurant gift certificates, golf and hotel packages, a Yeti cooler, a custom wine cellar and many other donations – some hand-crafted – are on the auction block list for IRHSAA’s 6th Annual Beef & Brew.

This year’s event, set for Saturday, April 14 at the Frankford Fire Hall, features the return of music. Popular Delmarva band Glass Onion will provide entertainment from 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

“They say they are the rock and roll party band. We’re hoping that is big draw for us this year,” said IRHSAA member Ruth Ann Marvel.

“We like the idea of having a band,” said IRHSAA president Nancy Hickman. “We were hoping, and luckily we got on their calendar schedule. It’s dance music for sure.”

Banks Wine & Spirits in Millville and WSFS Bank are back as major Beef & Brew sponsors.

“And we would like to thank the Frankford Fire Company and Auxiliary again for all of their support and letting us have it; allowing us to their facility. And, of course, Robert Kauffman, the auctioneer,” said Ms. Marvel.

Mr. Kauffman is among the IRHS alumni who annually support the fundraiser.

IRHS alumnus Jimmy Ricci is crafting another handmade table donation for the auction.

Mark and Linda Steele are once again donating a wine basket featuring some of their homemade creations.

Big-ticket auction items include a wine cellar – free-standing or built-in – donated by Delaware Appliance Distributors of Frankford and a Weber grill with cover and utensils donated by Jane and Tim Tribbitt.

The Yeti cooler donated by Dean and Teressa Disharoon of Dagsboro Paint and Wallpaper will likely be this year’s raffle ticket prize.

Auction items can take you out to the ballgame, courtesy of the Delmarva Shorebirds, and a tour and tasting at 16 Mile Brewery for 16 people.

Proceeds from the event help the IRHSAA support students, staff and projects at Indian River High School.

This year the alumni association donated money for bookshelves, which were built by Indian River High School students, and books for an in-classroom library.

“We came up with the money for the materials, but it was built in the shop class at the high school. So, the kids actually had a role in that,” said Ms. Hickman.

Since 2013, the IRHSAA has given nearly $32,000 in scholarships to IRHS graduates and alumni. It has facilitated projects for installation of signs at the high school’s front and back entrances, instituted a staff recognition program at IRHS and rejuvenated the school’s annual Hall of Fame induction.

Some of the auction item donations are below. Auctions item updates and information on Beef & Brew can be found on the IRHSAA’s Facebook page:

A handmade quilt donated by Susan Molnar figures to draw auction attention. Another hand-crafted donation is a piece of restored furniture, donated by Karen Murray, owner of Pieces – by Karen.

Auction bidders also have the opportunity to leave with kayak rentals from Island Watersports and prints from renown photographer Kevin Fleming.

‘We’ve really excited about the auction items,” said Ms. Hickman. “The community really does step up. We appreciate the community’s help. It makes the auction fun when you’ve got really good items.”

The menu again features home cooking and some Tribbitt family recipe favorites prepared by sisters Kim Roe and Tracy Wharton and kitchen helpers. Pit beef, hot sausage, the family’s famous clam chowder, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and other fixings are backed by homemade desserts.

Drinks include beer, wine and water.

There will be 50/50 raffles and disc jockey entertainment, in addition to the band.

Open to the public, the Beef & Brew will run from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Food will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35 each. Organizers recommend purchasing tickets in advance; a maximum 225 tickets can be sold, so tickets may not be available at the door the night of the event.

Tickets can be purchased from IRHSAA members, Delaware Appliance Distributors and Gray’s Towing on U.S. 113 in Frankford or by calling IRHSAA president Nancy Hickman at 245-7454.

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