Bethany-Fenwick Chamber to honor 2019 beach lifeguards

The Big Chill Beach Club and La Vida Hospitality, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, was set to host the 2019 Lifeguard Award Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The annual event honors the men and women of the local lifeguard patrols, including Bethany Beach, Delaware Seashore State Park, Fenwick Island, Middlesex Beach, North Bethany, Sea Colony and South Bethany. Each patrol nominates a Lifeguard of the Year to be honored during the event.

The community celebration will kick off in the party tent at the Big Chill Beach Club, with an all-you-can-eat taco bar, salad bar, desserts, views and music from DJ Hook.

The awards portion of the evening will recognize the Lifeguard of the Year from each patrol, and the Chamber will present a check for $500 to the Towns of Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany to help fund continued lifeguard service on the weekends during the “shoulder season” after Labor Day.

Each guard will attend the event for free, thanks to patrol sponsors Anne Powell of Keller Williams, Banks Wines & Spirits, Custom Mechanical, PNC Bank and the UPS Store #4681; buoy sponsors: Atlantic General Hospital, Bank of Ocean City, Creative Concepts and John F. Kleinstuber & Associates; whistle sponsor Hugh H. Hickman & Sons Inc.; and friend of the guards John Murray—County Bank.

Families of the guards and Chamber members are being invited to attend the event for $10. Tickets are available at and the RSVP deadline was Aug. 8. This year’s event will reflect a luau theme, and all guests are being invited to wear their best Hawaiian luau attire.

Complimentary parking will be provided for all registered guests. For more information, call (302) 539-2100 or visit