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,i ,1! ! ! ! FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 CAPE LIFE Cape Gazette New Ravens Roost forms in Lewes Fans organize in charitable outreach By Molly MacMillan Since November, the new Ra- vens Roost Chapter 143 of Sussex Hundred has quietly been orga- nizing a flock to partake in the fellowship of football fans and charitable community fundrais- ing, said chapter President Neff Dickerson. The third Thursday of each month, Dickerson said, the fledg- ling roost meets at 7 p.m. to share in sportsmanship and begin to organize charitable events in honor of their namesake, the Baltimore Ravens, and their af- fection for the National Football League. "We're football fans, primarily Ravens football fans, but we are also a service organization," he said. "We provide charitable con- MOLLY MACMILLAN PHOTOS RAVENS ROOST MEMBERS (I-r) include Gene and Peggy Morrissey, Joyce and Chuck Santoni, Carol Giampietro, Jay Allen, Emma DiBitonto, Michele Baker, Amy Spray, Tony DiBitonto, and Debra and Neil Dickerson displaying their new banner. tributions to the less fortunate." Operating on the concept of the Balimore Colts Corral fan club - a network of Colts fans that spanned nationwide - the new Roost 143 meets at Annabella's Italian restaurant in Lewes each month and already counts nearly three dozen members. Members socialize for potluck dinners and football games in addition to monthly meetings of the non- profit fan club. Organizers ask only that po- tential members be football fans at least 21 years of age who want to take part in a fan-based service organization. Although the new roost didn't take flight until early November, member Emma DiBitonto said they soon got to work, providing Thansgiving dinners to needy families and making donations to the Cape Henlopen Food Bas- ket and West Rehoboth New Beginnings. "We are constantly looking for new members who want to be involved," DiBitonto said. "Football, in general, is our common bond." Already, a large fundraiser to benefit the Delaware Cancer Center is being planned for early May with appearances by Elvis impersonator Bob Lougheed at the American Legion Post 28 near Millsboro, Dickerson said. Each year, Ravens Roost clubs in Maryland raise millions for community organizations to help the less fortunate, he said. Annabella's owner and Ravens Roost member Amy Spray said the group is currently open to corporate sponsorship of their events and also looking to in- crease membership. The newest roost hopes to make a big impact in 2014, es- pecially in the off-season, and set the bar for fundraising high in their first year of operation, member Tony DiBitonto said. "We are hoping that we can make a big contribution in a short pe- riod of time." For more information about the new Ravens Roost 143 of Sus- sex Hundred, look up the club on Facebook or call 302-604-3756. 302.947.1585 pllllll I *50 OFF I I *100 OFF i I any REGULAR i iany REGULAR carpet I I priced vinyl I I with padding I 25 yds. rain. - exp. 2/28/14 50 yds. rain. - exp. 2/28/14 I..., m.,,,,, m.. m J I. i m m,i m i -i AREA RUG SALE CARPET SALE - $1.99 SQ. FT. (INSTALLED WITH 8lb. PAD) HUGE VINYL SALE NEXT DAY INSTALLATION All carpet prices include: Removal & Disposal of Old Carpeting Furniture Moved & Put Back Top quality 7/16 Rebond Padding Mill Direct- High Quality Carpets Fast, Beautiful Installations Low, Very Reasonable Prices No Hidden Costs (Absolutely) Open 6 Days a Week  Monday - Friday 10-5 Saturday 10-4  On Route 24, Long Neck - in front of Giant Ravens Roost's 143 members inclide (I-r) Peggy Morrissey Carol Giampieto, Gene Morrissey, Michele Baker, Neil and Debra Dickerson, Amy Spray, Jay Al- len, Chuck Santoni, Tony and Emma DiBitonto and Joyce Santoni at a recent meeting in Lewes. Briefly )) Tickets available for VIA fashion show .The Village Improvement As- sociation of Rehoboth Beach will present the Splendor Of Spring fashion show Saturday, April 5, at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. The show features local stores with clothing modeled by VIA members. A silent auction, ticket auction and baskets of cheer will add to the fun. This popular show is always a sold- out event. To reserve tickets, go to www.RehobothBeachVIA. org for more information, or call 302-227-1631. Tickets are $30, and reservations are now being ac- cepted. Creating Soul Connection set Jan. 24 The Rehoboth Beach Public Li- brary, along with artist Lorraine Hudson, will present a new pro- gram, Creating Your Own Soul Connection. In this program, participants will create a simple artistic tool for their personal guidance with symbols and affir- mations that come straight from them. No drawing is required. This program will synchronize with Dr. Judith Pierson's ongoing series, Enhancing Your Emo- tional Well-Being. The program will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24. A $5 donation will be taken at the door. Call 302-227-8044 to re- serve a place.