Fundraising for everyones' benefit...
FOCHSP members are active and enthusiastic, however neither of those attributes pay for playgrounds or bus rides for schoolchildren or much of anything else. In recent years, we have raised funds for significant improvements such as the installation and operation of the Osprey Camera, the new bike barn, purchasing an ATV type vehicle for use by the Park's maintenance department, purchasing a new Point of Sale System for the Park office, purchasing handicapped beach wheelchairs and purchasing a copy machine and computer equipment for the Park office plus several new park benches.
Following are some of our fundraising activities. We hope you will consider helping us help to keep Cape Henlopen State Park a fun place for all.
Joining FOCHSP and becoming a "Friend" is a great way to financially support the work we do. Being a "Friend" also entitles you discounts on merchandise, invitations to special events and regular email updates about activities. You can join online or by mail.
The sale of "Friends" merchandise is another way that we raise money to support our efforts. It's also a great way you can show everyone that you're a supporter of Cape Henlopen State Park and to spread the word about our activities.
Chocolate Tasting - September 11, 2017
This has been our most popular fundraiser since introduced in September 2006. It is a tremendous effort by our members since all of the chocolate items are homemade. This would not be a success without our member volunteers. Proceeds from this event fund the Thatcher Education Fund, which supports Park visits by Delaware students in Title I and other schools.
Wine, Cheese & Beer Tasting - 2018 Date TBD
Wine, cheese and beer tasting is another popular fundraiser that began in 2006. The wines, beers and cheeses are generously donated by local businesses. Proceeds from this event are earmarked for a different department in the Park, each year. For 2018, the event will again be held at The Officers' Club. Tickets are $22 in advance (this includes your entry to the Park) or $25 at the door. Tickets will be available from R&L Liquors, 2nd St. Lewes 9:00am - 10 pm , Cape Henlopen State Park Office: 9am - 4pm and Lewes Chamber of Commerce 9:am - 4pm.
Annual Youth Fishing Tournament- 2018 Date TBD
Ages 15 and under at the Fishing Pier in the Park from 8:00am - 11:00am $10 entrance fee. Free T shirts for the first 50 entrants. Prizes will be awarded. Rain date: TBD
Birdseed Sale- October 21st. 2017
This popular program began in 2004. Pick up will be at the Park Maintenance Garage from 10:00am - 12 noon. Advance Seed Order Forms will be available at the Park Office, the Nature Center or online. Orders must be placed by October 9th. The Friends Members may take a 10% discount on seed orders.
Book Sale & Holiday Boutique - Nov. 11, 2017
Held in November this is a great opportunity to find a good book or two to read over the winter and to start your holiday shopping. 9 am to 3 pm at the Officer's Club.
Flea Market - Next Event Spring 2018
This annual fundraiser began in April 2004 and features the sale of various items donated to FOCHSP by members, businesses and others plus a bake sale.