Dogfish Head Awards DMI Additional $1,000

Nicole Carter, Mark Carter of Dogfish Head Brewery and Lee nelson of Downtown Milford Inc.
Nicole Carter, Mark Carter of Dogfish Head Brewery and Lee nelson of Downtown Milford Inc.

Staff Report

On Thursday, May 1 Downtown Milford, Inc., (DMI) announced that DMI won by bringing the most people and getting the highest amount spent at the “Night of Beer & Benevolence” at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on April 16. The evening raised an additional $500 from the proceeds and an extra $1,000 in grant money for the ART Project.

“We couldn’t have achieved this much appreciated money for our ART Project without our tireless volunteers, supporters and well wishers,” Lee Nelson, DMI Executive Director said. “It was a wonderful evening, thanks to all who came out to support us and also to Jason Beale for providing great music.”

Dogfish Head Brewery (DBH) awarded three grants for ‘Community’, ‘Arts’ and ‘Environment’ to non-profit organizations in Sussex County. DMI received the Arts award for their ‘Art on the Riverwalk Tour (ART)’ Project. The project features eighteen 4-foot sculptures of the classic yacht ‘Augusta’ built by Milford Vinyard Boat Yard in 1927 and now owned by Sudler and Joan Lofland. These will be displayed permanently along the Mispillion River and throughout downtown.

In addition to the $3,000 grant, DHB hosted each organization at their Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth Beach for an evening of Beer & Benevolence. 10% of each evening proceeds were given to each organization, and the organization that brought in the most income got an additional $1,000.

“The award is crucial to us continuing with this project. The boats have been getting excellent media support and are attracting visitors to Milford,” Nelson commented. “We are very grateful to Dogfish Brewery for this grant and their support, and to the Milford community for coming out and helping us win the extra $1,000.”

The ART project is a collaboration between DMI, the Mispillion Art League, Milford Parks & Recreation Department, the Lofland family and Milford High School. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The second phase of the Art on the Riverwalk Tour is expected to be completed and displayed permanently around town during early summer, joining the original six already in place. For more info on the project, individuals can contact Lee Nelson, Director of Downtown Milford Inc., at (302)839-1190, or visit

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