Milford Bars Compete for Cancer Awareness

Photo Take by Park Place Restaurant.
Photo Take by Park Place Restaurant.

By Terry Rogers

On Thursday, November 10, Arena’s, Abbott’s Grill and Park Place in Milford, DE will compete in the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bars in order to raise funds for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The event has guest bartenders and the bars competing to see who can raise the most money for breast cancer awareness.

“This event started last year as a fun way to bring awareness to breast cancer early detection and treatment,” Vicki Cooke, Executive Director of DBCC, said. “The guest bartenders raise money for our organization and the bars really get into the spirit of the event. We love doing these kinds of things for awareness and, because we have a big presence in Milford, we wanted to do it again since last year was such a success.”

Arena’s has secured guest bartenders who are easily recognized. Jerry Kobasa, Seaford School District Athletic Director and a partner in Arena’s will work as a bartender as well as Councilman Jamie Burk, Milford Parks and Recreation Director, Brad Dennehy, and fifth grade teachers in Milford, Stacy Mancuso and Julie Ann Hickman. As an added bonus, Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head, will be behind the bar.

“Ramsey Schraeder reached out to me and asked that I be a bartender for the event,” said Eric Williams of Mispillion Brewing. “I immediately said yes. If you come to Arenas while Jamie and I are tending bar, you’ll have a great time. We are working together as the ‘Facial Hair Enthusiasts,’ as we have spent years cultivating our facial hair and enjoy every opportunity to advocate for the facially gifted.”

According to Ms. Cooke, Park Place and Abbott’s Grill are also offering drink and food specials as well as entertainment for the night. Mayor Bryan Shupe will be tending bar at Abbott’s Grill and Park Place has games planned to entertain those who visit that evening.

“We don’t want to make light of the seriousness of breast cancer,” Ms. Cooke said. “But these events are a way to get survivors out to celebrate the fact that they are still here to have fun. I am a two-time survivor myself and, frankly, I am thrilled that I am still able to get out and have fun at events like this.”

Ms. Cooke said that there will be DBCC representatives at all locations who will be able to answer questions and provide information about breast cancer as well as the programs offered by the organization. All programs through DBCC are free, including the Breast Cancer Update program held at Dover Downs in April of each year. Ms. Cooke said that 300 to 400 people attend the conference.

All money raised by DBCC remains in Delaware, helping people in the area. DBCC began in 1991 as a small group of volunteers led by Maureen Lauterbach in an effort to decrease the mortality rate of breast cancer in Delaware. Today, the organization has offices in all three counties in Delaware and remains the only organization in the state focused solely on breast health issues as they affect the women and men who live here.

The event runs from 5 to 7 PM at the three Milford bars. For more information, contact or call 302-778-1102 Extension 1011.


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