Mispillion Development Corp.
Richard Y. Johnson & Son General Contractors
Country Life Homes, Inc.
Mobious Investments, LLC
Kent County Delaware CVB
LaCrosse Homes of Delaware
Lank, Johnson & Tull
Pepsi of Delmarva
Perdue Farms, Inc.
Sea Watch International
Smith & Co. Restaurant
The Ladybug Shop
In addition to financial contributions, many community members volunteered their special talents to provide both organization and activities. These include:
Abbott’s Mill Nature Center led by Jason Beale for their hands-on snakes and turtles show as well as their Mispillion River canoe rides, Applebee’s for their children's coupon giveaways, Ben Franklin Plumbing for providing over 400 free kites to children, Bonanza for their raffle contribution, Delmarva Pigeon Club for their pigeon display and roller pigeon demonstrations, Milford Garden Club led by Verna Walls for their information booth coverage, Milford New Century Club with Gesine Abrutyn and Jan D'Agastino for their work with the local school art projects, Milford Public Library and Friends coordinated by Pat Palmer who graciously oversaw the children's art area as well as offering a variety of other activities, Milford Senior Center for donating their time and shuttle bus for festival participants use, Rhoda Friedman for her wonderful photograhy coverage of the event, Wilmington Trust, Co. for their generous raffle donation, and vendor ushers Al Lauckner, Pete Peterson, Scott Adkisson , Steve Robbins, and Don Abrutyn .
We appreciate Michelle Parisi of Zwaanendael Dance Studio for organizing the entertainment which included:
Milford Community Band, Miss Milford Organization, Harmonettes, Zwaanendael Dance Academy, Diamond Dance Company, First State Harmonizers, and Itinerant Dance Theater. A special thank you to Mark Dissinger who entertained festival-goers with his MC talents, Scout Troop 911 for the posting of the colors, Alison Clendaniel for her rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner", and Mayor Ronnie Rogers for his Arbor Day Proclamation. We also wish to thank Mitch Crane for his presentation of the downtown achievement award to Gary Emory.
The list is long, but not yet complete. It is important to recognize the tireless hard work of the staff of Parks & Recreation led by Gary Emory with much hard work by Mary Betts, City Electric, City Ground, Milford Police and Senior Volunteer Police, Houston Fire Co., Sussex County EMT, Downtown Milford, Inc. board members, Patty Masten, and Milford High School Honor Society. We can't forget Susan Newark of the festival committee and downtown farmers' market for her work on media coverage, Don Abrutyn who worked on every detail of this year's festival after retiring as 2006 co-chair, Dan Bond who not only served with his wife Rhonda as parade grand master, but also assisted in the festival planning stages, and Vicki Hudson, Lulu Ross and Banneker elementary art teach for her work on the children's artwork display and hands-on activity held in the library.
I hope that you enjoyed your time at the festival and will continue to visit downtown Milford to enjoy the variety of retail shops, restaurants, and services offered. With the beautiful days starting to become more plentiful I also hope you take advantage of downtown's Riverwalk Trail and well maintained park areas. If you see any of our 100+ volunteers, please join me in thanking them for their hard work!