2023 Women’s FEST Breaks Records
CAMP Rehoboth’s Women’s FEST broke records again this year with more than 4,000 women participating in the four days of sports, entertainment, activities, and camaraderie from April 27th through April 30th. More than 3,100 tickets were sold for the more than 25 events that made up Women’s FEST 2023 and virtually every individual event sold out. Participants included women from as far away as Peru and Taiwan.
Women’s FEST opened with the Georgette Krenkel Welcome Dance, which provided a kick-off for the FEST and gave attendees a chance to mingle, connect, and reconnect with friends old and new. More than 700 women attended this traditional start to the four-day FEST.
Another highlight of this year’s FEST was the live auction, which brought in more than $13,000 to support CAMP Rehoboth’s many community services, programs, and activities. The top item was a spectacular 8-day/7-night Olivia Cruise Majestic Alaska Trip for Two.
Over the course of the FEST, women participated in sports activities such as golf, pickleball, and bowling; a service program at the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding Center; health screenings by Beebe; and bingo. The FEST Expo gave attendees a chance to visit informational tables as well as shop for gifts, crafts, and décor. There was even a pop-up bookstore with authors on hand to sign their books.
The FEST ART 2023! Art Reception was the biggest yet, with more 42 works in a variety of media, including paintings, assemblages, photographs, and block-prints. Artists mingled with guests and talked about their works.
Despite the rain, participants lined up for “Broadwalk on the Boardwalk” to raise funds for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and commemorate those lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and educate others. Proceeds went toward programs that increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms, and provide support and resources to men and women in our local community who are newly diagnosed or facing recurrence of breast cancer.
A key part of Women’s FEST is the entertainment, and this year was no exception. Actor/comedian Jen Kober, vocal duo Mouths of Babes, singer/songwriters Regina Sayles and Christine Havrilla, all-female band The GirlsRoom, local favorite Fay Jacobs, and popular band Mama's Black Sheep were among the performers. All entertainment events sold out, including the headline events Friday and Saturday nights at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
CAMP Rehoboth sends out a huge thank you to the 70+ sponsors and 130+ volunteers who made Women’s FEST 2023 a record-breaking success.
Women’s FEST is a spring tradition that offers music, sports, dancing, and fun, held in a variety of venues in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The next Women’s FEST will be held April 25 - 28, 2024.
Proceeds from Women’s FEST benefit CAMP Rehoboth (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation) and support the activities and programs it provides to the Rehoboth community. The organization operates a full-service community center; offers a variety of activities, cultural events, service projects, and educational programs; and advocates for a community of inclusion in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, go to camprehoboth.com.