The celebration of the year is happening at Rehoboth Beach this weekend. Join CAMP (“Create A More Positive”) Rehoboth at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on September 1st and 2nd as they celebrate love and life at Sundance 2018 – Rainbow XXXI: In the Name of Love. This annual fundraising event is one you won’t want to miss.

Sundance began in 1988. Founders Steve Elkins and Murray Archibald were celebrating their tenth anniversary and wanted to do something special. “It was the height of the AIDS epidemic, and our friends were dying,” says Archibald. “We lived in New York, and we spent our summers here. My husband and I and our housemates started the event to raise money for AIDS. In the first year, there were 18 hosts. This year, we have over 470 hosted sponsors.” Since it’s inception, Sundance has raised over $2 million overall.

The Labor Day weekend fundraiser will feature a silent and live auction with over 500 items ranging in type and price on September 1st from 7 to 10 pm. The Sundance Disco Twilight Tea begins on Sunday, September 2nd at 7 pm with Studio 54 DJ Robbie Leslie and will flow into the club sound of International DJ / Remixer Joe Gauthreaux. All proceeds will benefit Camp Rehoboth.

CAMP Rehoboth is a non-profit community service organization created to help build a healthy relationship between all people in the Rehoboth area. “At our core is creating a more positive relationship for everybody,” explains Archibald. “This community is a safe and inclusive place for everyone. We work with non-profits all over the city, rent out our community center, provide programming and more.” With the help of countless volunteers, members, and donations, this organization has helped make a long-lasting impact on the community and area around it.

This year’s event will be memorable for all involved. Elkins, executive director of the non-profit for over 25 years, passed away earlier this year, and the event will be held in memory of him. “CAMP Rehoboth’s vision is to be the heart of the community,” says Archibald. “Our logo has a house with a heart in it – it’s a home for all. Sundance started as a love story. This would have been our 40th anniversary. It’s still about love. It’s a labor of love to put it together. The sponsors, contributors, auction donors, and volunteers are all a family. The same crew comes back every year, and it echoes our CAMP Rehoboth mission – to create a better community.”

To learn more about Sundance 2018 and CAMP Rehoboth, visit Camprehoboth.com.

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Brynn Devereaux
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"Brynn Devereaux is a freelance writer for Baltimore OUTloud. As an arts writer, she enjoys exploring the local arts scene and bringing attention to new books and authors. Brynn is a Scranton expat and a Towson University graduate."