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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, APRIL 6 - MONDAY, APR|L 9, 2012 61 Chi Chapter supports Safe, Abriendo Puertas programs Sussex County's most recent Lunch With a Purpose was held March 2 at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Chi Chapter, The two-hour event had a record attendance of 214, raised $2,500 for the People's Place Safe Program and collected vanloads of new pillows, sheets and towels for area shelters. People's Place Safe Program and Abriendo Puertas Program are shelters for women and chil- dren suffering from domestic vi- olence. Lunch With a Purpose is a nonprofit organization that be- gan in 2006 with a small group of women who got together for lunch to raise money for local community charities. The current email list of invi- tees is in excess of 500 women who meet for lunch the first Fri- day of each month from Septem- ber through May. A volunteer host selects a local charity, collects raffle and silent auction items from local mer- Chants. Attendees pay for their lunch and buy raffle and 50/50 tickets with DO percent of all funds go- ing directly to the selected chaff- ty. LWAP has no overhead, no mailing costs and no expenses of any kind. LWAP supports local restau- rants in the offseason and gives fi voice to community charities that are underfunded. The group partners with three local schools with needy popula- tions by collecting clothing, shoes and coats. In addition, at- tendees at the monthly lunch- eons donated more than 5,400 pounds of food for the Food Bank, last season being the largest single contributor in Sus- sex County. Chi Chapter thanks the follow- ing merchants for their dona- tions: 1776 Steakhouse, Agave Mexican Grill, Alarm & Commu- nication Systems Group, Aqua- marine, Bad Hair Day?, Barb Carts (Mary Kay consultant), Ba- sic Concepts, Big Fish Grill, Bloomin' Boutique, Cheryl Mitchell, Cotton Club, Deanna's, The Dental Group, E.C. Shades, Henlopen City Oyster House, Hotel Rehoboth, Inner Reflec- tions Day Spa, I. Conn Scott Fine Furniture, ]oanne DeFiore (artist), (The Original) Lingo's Market, Med Spa and Salon, SUBMITTED PHOTO BETA SIGMA PHi, CH! CHAPTER, sisters shown are in back (I-r) Betsy Baumeister, People's Place representative Marcie Rezac, Ann Yarnall, Joan Ca~iano, People's Place representative Claudia Poretti, LWAP community organizer Cheryl Mitchell, Sharon Vernon and Diane Wallner. In front are event co-chair Mary Hannaman, Beverly Toulson, event chair Dolores Wool- worth, Sue Krick and Patti Watson. Movies at Midway, Muscle Ther- & Company Salon & Spa, Tick- help make the charity, event hap- apy Associates, Nicola Pizza, led Pink, Walmart, Wooden Indi- pen this year. Pampered Chef (Bob Yarnall), an, Woody's East Coast Bar & For further information about Rehoboth Beach Yoga, Robert Grill, Sisters of Beta Sigma Phi Lunch With a Purpose in Sussex Thomas Salon, Ruth Cope (Chi Chapter) and Kent Hanna- County, contact Cheryl Mitchell (artist), Sea Shell Shop, Stephan man for all of his hard work to at pink earplugs; a case of Extra Strength Advil; a bottle of cran- berry juice for urinary tract in- fections incurred while continu- ously circling a school for six hours in order to pick up a child; a white lab coat with Dr. Pepper stenciled across the pocket for getting out of speeding tickets; and a passport in case I turned psychotic and had to leave the country in the middle of the T,I he old songs of the night. Wild West had a ring In a way, there are similarities | of truth and wisdom to pertaining to today and rou_nd- them. They often were ing up the herd and marching on filled with images of cowboys back in the saddle, as they say, riding the range and totin' that o1' 44. Being prepared was never bad advice. And so I found myself back in the saddle last week, babysitting a couple of teenage grandchil- dren. This time I was prepared, though. I was packing my Veri- z0n iPhone; an iPad, with a case that had a likeness of Frank Sina- tra on it; an iPod with electric a cattle drive, only this time it is one long continuous drive of picking up and dropping off teenagers. In fact, it is so much a part of my identity, the kids have taken to calling me Dispatch. Thank heaven for inner tubes and Preparation H. When my adult children left the nest, I said goodbye to the undulating twangs of The Grate- ful Dead. I waved ciao to always finding one lone grape, shriveled on the bottom shelf of the refrig- erator, next to an orange juice carton Containing one micro- gram of liquid, and I bid farewell to wet towels draped over my best bedroom chair. But now grandparents have moved into a new era of babysit- ring. Some would say the care of teenagers could be likened to the movie "The Matrix Re- loaded." No one understood the movie, and no one will under- stand the mind of a teenager. Technology has changed things. For one, you can not pass an outlet in the house without some device being plugged into it. Yes, it's as if the whole place is being charged. Only the two dogs, a golden retriever and a black lab, remain free of any wires. Of course, there all kinds of wrappers from the local bak- ery covering their feet and paws. Going through the garbage is still exhausting, I guess. Miles of wires snake through the rooms., Phones are lined up on the counter like suspects in a police lineup. They all look the same to me, small frightening devices with tiny symbols just begging you to try them. They emit small noises, vibrations and bells that send me to the front door every five minutes to f'md no one is there. BUT NOW GRANDPARENTS HAVE'MOVED INTO A NEW ERA OF BABYSITTING, The kids are fine, though. At least from all appearances they seem to be; this assessment con- sists of an outward appearance of a vacuous stare into a com- puter monitor, with fingers fly- ing across a keyboard, which is how I detect they are still breathing. So important is their work that a slight nod is the only greeting. It's as if they are on watch for NORAD or some- thing. The one thing that hasn't changed is the worry all grand- parents have when babysitting their charges. And that is that something will happen on their watch, confirming for their own children what incompetent par- ents they were in the first place. You are reluctant to let the kids do anything that you wouldn't have thought twice about years ago. After all, they still belong to your daughter or son. It's only when I walt outside the school that I breathe some sense of normalcy. True, as they pour out of the building all the kids seem to be talking into headsets or mouthpieces. But then I spy someone get- ting hit over the head with a lacrosse stick thank heaven that hasn't changed. And even more importantly, the child I am pick- ing up is never there waiting. Plus, crossing right in front of my car is a child carrying an ac- tual book. Now I feel more com- fortable. I'm back in the saddle. It's probably even safe to take out a crossword puzzle.