Dancing in the Streets for Melody Planned


By Terry Rogers

On September 22, 2016, Melody Booker-Wilkins, Sussex County Director of Economic Development, lost her battle with cancer. Everyone who knew her spoke of her infectious laugh, her witty sense of humor and her concern for others. In her honor, the Melody Joy Foundation was created to help spread her love of laughter and desire to help others.

In celebration of her life and to raise funds for her foundation, Dancing in the Streets for Melody, will be held on September 24, 2017 from 4:30 to 9 PM. The event will be held on the downtown streets of Milford, Melody’s hometown.

“Melody was my mentor, life coach and like a mom to me,” John Ennis, founder of the foundation, said. “She spent her life helping others grow professionally and personally. This truly brought a smile to her face. I wanted to keep Melody’s memory alive and keep her smiling from up above. Nothing made Melody happier than when her friends and family could all be together dancing and listening to great music playing in the background.”

The event will include a 4-course meal provided by Abbott’s Grill and live music by Mike Hines and the Look. Dustin Wilkins of Peninsula seed provided the funding for the entertainment while beautiful flowers and greenery will be provided by Ivins Florist. The street dance will take place on North Walnut Street from Dolce to the S. Walnut Street bridge next to the Riverfront Theatre. Proceeds from the first event for the foundation will go to Kent-Sussex Industries, an organization that was very close to Melody’s heart. She found the mission of KSI, to serve people with disabilities in the pursuit of their potential employment and meaningful participation in the community important enough to serve on their Board of Directors.

Sponsorships are available for the event. Sponsors who donate $250 are considered Bronze Donors, $500 are Silver Donors, $1,000 are Gold Donors and $2,500 are Platinum Donors.

“The mission of the Melody Joy Foundation is to give back, give joy and give good cheer to all those who knew Melody,” Mr. Ennis said. “Tickets went on sale July 23, Melody’s birthday. I hope everyone who knew and loved Melody, as well as those who wish they had known her, will join us at this fun event.”

The Melody Joy Foundation is organized under the Delaware Community Foundation whose mission it is to build a shared vision for Delaware, grounded in knowledge, inspired by the common good and advanced through philanthropy. For more information, contact J.R. Ennis at the melodyjoyfoundation@gmail.com. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dancing-in-the-streets-for-melody-tickets-36458215504.

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