CHEER enhancing hospitality rental program with exclusive catering service

CHEERS! The Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce teamed with CHEER Inc. Aug. 15 on a mixer at the CHEER Community Center showcasing CHEER’s hospitality plans that include an exclusive catering service. Seated are chamber member Lora Walinskas of Comcast Spotlight and Anthony DelFranco, CHEER Marketing Director; standing, CHEER Chief Financial Officer Ken Bock and Judy Lodge, CHEER Hospitality Director.

GEORGETOWN – CHEER Inc., a nonprofit committed to providing services to meet continuing needs of Sussex County senior citizens 50 and over, is looking to enhance its hospitality fundraising arm through catering partnership.

Before August turns to September, CHEER plans to choose a catering service that will work exclusively with CHEER for event bookings at its hospitality venues.

“We want bring to CHEER Hospitality up to the next level of service,” said CHEER Hospitality Director Judy Lodge. “We were always just kind of in between. We want to be a little bit more exclusive and known for nice menus, a little higher end, as much as this market can bear. There are businesses that can do it and will do it. It is the creativity of the food as well as the venues.”

In addition to the spacious Warren & Charles Allen CHEER Community Center in Georgetown, CHEER’s hospitality venues are its activity centers in Milton, Greenwood, Ocean View and Long Neck.

Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Kevin Thompson looks on as Kelly Sharp, Event Planner at The Counting House (formerly The Brick), draws a door prize winner.

“We have the community center which can accommodate up to 300-plus, and we have activity centers that are not in use in the evenings or on weekends,” said Ms. Lodge. “They are pretty much 90 people or less that they can accommodate for any type of event.”

Venue bookings span the gamut, including weddings, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, business events and public/private functions, said CHEER Marketing Director Anthony DelFranco.

A Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce mixer Aug. 15 hosted by CHEER at the community center featured Food by Design, one of the catering services under consideration.

A decision on the selection of that catering service was expected soon, Ms. Lodge said.

“Our exclusive caterer, they will be the ones that we turn our customers that rent the venue over to, to make a menu,” said Ms. Lodge. “Their proceeds go to them because they are providing the food. But more importantly it is going to be a partnership with us for a length of time. We don’t want to have it just for a year. We want to do four, five or six years if we can.”

CHEER will receive a percentage of the food sales from the caterer. “It’s a minimal amount,” Ms. Lodge said. “But that just supports our organization even more.”

Proceeds raised through venue rentals go right back to the nonprofit organization to support the Meals on Wheels program, Adult Day program, volunteer program and other divisions within CHEER.

For more information, contact Judy Lodge, Hospitality Director, 302-854-2892 or email: jlodge@cheerde.com.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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