IRHS Alumni hosting annual Beef ’n’ Brew

Wondering where all the cool kids will be this weekend? Apparently, quite a few of them will be at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company fire hall for the Indian River Alumni Association’s Sixth Annual Beef ’n’ Brew event on Saturday, April 14, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The event features music by the Glass Onion Band — chosen, according to organizer Nancy Hickman, for dance music that appeals to all ages. Food will be provided by the Tribbitt Sisters and includes pit beef and sides, clam chowder, sausage sandwiches and, for dessert, homemade cupcakes.

Libations will include 16 Mile beer on tap, as well as beer and wine sponsored by Banks Wines & Spirits.

Silent and live auctions will go on throughout the evening, with the help of auctioneer Robert Kauffman, according to Hickman.

“That’s always fun, as we receive a ton of donations from the business community,” she said. “This year, we have a wine fridge from Delaware Appliance; Jaynes’ Reliable donated a really cool, casual piece of furniture; Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper supplied us with a Yeti cooler that we will hold a raffle for,” she said.

Also up for auction will be a Laura Hickman print, a Kevin Fleming photograph, golf packages, hotel stays, restaurant gift cards and many other items.

The Beef ’n’ Brew event is not only a time to reunite with IRHS classmates and meet other alumni, but is also an important fundraiser for the community, Hickman said.

“We’ve given more than $30,000 in college scholarships away to graduating seniors, and this annual fundraiser is how we make most of our scholarship money,” she said.

“Something new we started last year was a continuing-education scholarship for adults returning to school,” Hickman said. “I personally love that idea, because we know how challenging that can be — especially for someone who’s been out of school for a while — perhaps raising a family at the same time. That person may need a little extra help, and we’re glad to assist.”

The alumni association has also helped the high school itself with several major projects, such as the large digital sign in the front of the school and the new sign at the back, at the Clayton Avenue entrance. That sign was dedicated last year in memory of Valerie Brewington Rogers, a member of the Class of 1978.

Another alumni association project has been the revitalization of the school’s Hall of Fame.

“It had practically gone dormant, and we have graduates from IR that have gone on to do great things,” Hickman said.

That program is back up and running, and several nominations have been received this year for new Hall of Fame members, she said.

Hickman said the Beef ’n’ Brew event helps the association serve the community, as well as to foster “IR Pride.”

Hickman emphasized that anyone can get involved in the alumni association, whether they graduated from Indian River or not.

Tickets for the Beef ’n’ Brew event cost $35 per person and are available at Delaware Appliance in Frankford, from any alumni association member or by calling (302) 245-7454. More information on the event and on the alumni association can be found on the Indian River High School Alumni Association Facebook page, or on its website at