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Grotto Pizza announces annual Parade of Trees winners Above, left, Jay Stein and his daughter Mauria were on hand at the Re- hoboth Avenue Grotto Pizza to pick up first and second prize cheeks in the Parade of Trees benefit. The tree decorated by Stuart Kingston Inc. to bene- fit the JJ Stein Foundation brought in the greatest amount of money of all the trees at the Rehoboth Avenue Grotto, and the tree decorated by Stuart Kingston Inc. to benefit the Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club received the sec- ond largest number of donations. Stein said he was very gratified that the foundation named in honor of his son who died earlier this year is growing steadily. "The money raised through the Parade of Trees puts the foundation at over $50,000. The foundation will support arts and humanities projects in this area - the type of projects that my son loved dearly. And we will also use foundation funds to support a scholarship for St. James School, in St. James Jen Ellingsworth photos Dennis Forney photos neme Hagerstown, where my son graduated." Stein said he was also gratified by support shown for the Rehoboth Kiwanis Club with which the Stein family has been active for many decades. The tree decorated by the Breakers and Atlantic Sands motels brought in the third largest amount of money at Grotto Pizza's Parade of Trees on Re- hoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. Funds from that tree will benefit the Re- hoboth Beach Public Library building fund. On hand with their tree when the awards were announced on Friday, Dec. 19 are (l-r) Darlene Atkins, Break- ers Motel manager;, Dave Ackerman, Atlantic Sands Motel manager; Katie Do- herty Cahill of the Atlantic Sands; Dee Bradley, president of the Rehoboth Beach Library board of commissioners; and Rehoboth Beach Public Library librarian Marge LaFond. At left, top, winners of the Grotto Pizza Long Neck competi- tion of the Grotto Parade of Trees was the Alzheimer's Associ- ation Delaware Chapter. Competition included a full slate of 16 trees. Second and third place were earned by the Commu- nity Church of Oak Orchard and the Friends of the Millsboro Library, respectively. Shown with the first place tree, which raised $4,213, are (l-r) Lou Betton and Kathy Schlitter, co- chairs of the Alzheimer's Association Kent/Sussex advisory council; and Andrea Carr, executive director of the Delaware Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Below, left, in con- junction with its Parade of Trees competition, Grotto Pizza Long Neck also hosted a "Forest of Trees" contest for stu- dents at Long Neck Elementary. Participants were given cardboard tree cut-outs (made from large corregated pizza boxes), on which they were instructed to design a Christmas tree of their choice. Grotto Pizza General Manager John Em- ler, who said competition featured 365 trees, announced the winners of the competition on Friday, Dec. 12. Awards were presented in grades kindergarten through fifth, and for "Most Original" and "Best Dressed" trees. First place winners received a $50 savings bond, while second place finishers were given the opportunity to pick from the Grotto Pizza gift center. Shown (l-r) are many of the winners with their trees: fifth grader Dezaray King, winner "Best Dressed Tree"; Kyle Dalton, first place for first grade; second grader Jason Rohlfling, winner "Most Original Tree"; Maryann Arter- bridge, first place for kindergarten; Amanda Kinney, first place for fifth grade. Other winners included kindergartener Chance Cordrey (second place), first grader Paige McCanless (second place), second graders Alyssia Mohun (first place) and Emmy Barton (second place); third graders Alyssa Cini (first place) and Crystal Waiters (second place); fourth graders Brandi Eckler (first place) and Britini Amber Jennie (second place) and fifth grader Corby Burton (second place). Ann Marie Whibley represents PNC Bank, which came in first place at Grotto Grand Slam, Lewes, with $1,841.60 for Home of the Brave. Second place, with $1,128.29 for Casa San Francisco was Steve Prestpino's Apple Electric, while John Owings' Weller's Tire Service brought in a third prize amount of $948.81 for Troop 5 Needy Family Fund.