Parties raise money for cancer cures in Milford

MILFORD — Raising money, even for a good cause, can be struggling… unless you’re having a party in Milford.

Party-goers raised more than $5,000 for two different causes by partying loud and proud this week.

Costumes for a Cure made a reappearance for its second year at Sunnybrae Mansion near Milford High School after raising over $1,000 last year between the Milford event and another at Painted Stave in Smyrna.

Hosted by Delmarva Historic Haunts in memory of founder Rick Coherd, $590 was raised Saturday night. The party featured a DJ, refreshments and silent auctions.

Proceeds will be donated to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the disease which ultimately claimed the life of Mr. Coherd after a second battle last year.

“Honestly, he would have hated this because he doesn’t like attention drawn to him,” Jennifer Dalgarn with the haunt group said of Mr. Coherd. “We thought he was cancer free. It was a hard transition for us so this is the team’s way of dealing with it.”

True to Mr. Coherd’s spirit, the haunt team didn’t stop at the end of the party.

The group investigated Sunnybrae Mansion, originally built in 1937, after the party guests had just enough fun to rile up the spirits that may still reside within its walls.

Wendy Robinson said the group has investigated the mansion before and found evidence of the afterlife.

“I got two EVPs [electronic voice phenomenon] from inside the mansion,” she recalled. “The first one I got after I said where I would be sitting. I said, ‘I’m just going to sit here on the floor.’ The voice says, ‘No good.’ The second one said, ‘I like Jenn.’ We weren’t sure if it said gin or Jenn, so we came back to ask.”

She hoped the group could take home more evidence after the fundraising party.

Karen McColley, a living resident inside the mansion, said she enjoys supporting the haunt group in its endeavors.

“We do this kind of for the fun of it. But we also think it’s important,” she said.

Best of the Bars

Two elementary school teachers, a firefighter and a mayor walked behind a bar… and everyone had a good time.

Milford eateries Arena’s, Park Place and Abbott’s Grill teamed together Thursday night in a healthy competition of the Best of the Bars supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

“Each bar found their own special guest bartenders and activities in hopes of raising more money than the other bars. Some had special drinks. Afterward, we award two awards: best bar and top bartender,” Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Donor Relations Coordinator Yolanda Rushdan said during the event.

She added that tips during the event that ran from 5-7 p.m. went to the cause. The bars could also choose to donate profits from the night, also.

Wayne Whitney, a firefighter with Carlisle Fire Company in Milford, earned bragging rights as this year’s top bartender. He also helped Park Place, last year’s champion bar, top the charts again this year.

Other guest bartenders at Park Place this year included Kelly Turner, Morgan Hudson and JJ Plump. The restaurant and bar also hosted Bros in Bras last week which raised $1,055.50 of their $3,100.50 donation.

Arena’s raised $1,435.94 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition with the help of guest bartenders Stacy Mancuso, Julie Hickman, Lisa Pell, Brad Dennehy, Eric Williams, Jamie Burk, Jerry Kobasa and Sam Calagione.

Abbott’s Grill came in last place this year with a $307 donation. Guest bartenders included Bryan Shupe, Trish Rodriguez, Kevin Reading and Bettie Campbell.

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