On Sunday, August 30, the 7th Annual Wheels & Wine car show will kick off at the Pizzadili Winery in Felton. Annually drawing more than 300 show cars and 3,500 people, proceeds from this year’s event will continue to help Debbie’s Fund, a non-profit organization that supports local animal groups in memory of Debra L. Sipple.
“It’s a big event each year. This year we are having the Dancing with Jen line dancers and live entertainment from Skinny Leg Pete Band,” said Jim Woodland, President of Debbie’s Fund. “The winery is a very attractive, relaxing atmosphere and people stay for hours to enjoy the day.”
This year will mark the 11th anniversary of the creation of Debbie’s Fund. Debra L. Sipple Memorial Inc. was established in 2004, in memory of Debra L. Sipple, who passed away on January 31, 2004. Debbie was an avid animal lover, and often visited the local ASPCA. Her compassion and love for animals, was the driving force behind the charity. An all-volunteer organization, the group provides support to companion animal rescue groups in Kent & Sussex counties.
The charity has donated funds to many organizations throughout Delaware including Kent County ASPCA, Purr-fect Haven Cat Rescue, Cats Around Town (CAT), Animal Humane Sanctuary Inc., Animal Rescue, Dalmatian Rescue of Delaware, Equine Rescue, Whimsical Animal Rescue Inc., Sussex County Animal Association, Feral in Delaware and Homeless Cat Helpers Inc.
To date, Debbie’s Fund has raised over $100,000 in its endowment fund. That money has remained frozen until this year, as it will be used to fund other organizations, as well as donate supplies. One of the group’s long-term goals has been to create a veterinary related studies scholarship (VARS) which will be given to individuals in the veterinary community. In addition to the endowment fund, Debbie’s Fund has raised over $200,000 in donations to date and has proven itself as a successful community charity.
With a funding source made up of donations from several events hosted by the organization throughout the year, Woodland acknowledges that community events like the Wheels & Wine Car Show are important to continuing the non-profit and Debbie’s legacy.
“She is almost still alive,” stated Woodland. “There is an entire organization dedicated to what she believed in. She was very outgoing and did anything to help animals.”
The 7th Annual Wheels and Wine car show will occur on Sunday, August 30 at the Pizzadili Winery in Felton, DE from 8am to 3:30pm. Vendors and exhibitors interested in becoming part of the event can contact Jim Woodland at 302-424-1504. Individuals wanting to donate to the organization are encouraged to mail a check to Debbie’s Fund, 794 Canterbury Rd, Milford, DE 19963. More information can be found at http://dlsm.org.