The third annual Mel’s Race for a Cure men’s high heel race in downtown Seaford capped last Friday night’s sixth annual Live for Chocolate event, which helps raise money to help people who can’t afford to have mammograms done.
The event, hosted by Nanticoke Health Services, the city of Seaford, and the Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce, started out as a Nanticoke Health Services event before becoming a community event to educate people on the importance of getting screenings. Held in downtown Seaford and Blades, Live for Chocolate also helps showcase the downtown areas.
“It’s great to see so many people downtown,” said Penny Short, Nanticoke Health Services Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, who spoke prior to the high heel race. “I think it’s (Live for Chocolate) been a great event.”
Mel’s Race for a Cure is held annually in honor of the late Melody Booker-Wilkins, the former Sussex County director of economic development.
“She just lit up the room,” Nanticoke Health Services Foundation President Renee Morris said. “She loved her high heels.”
J.R. Ennis, representing Melody Booker Wilkins’ family, including her husband, James, who was in attendance, said that money raised from the event helped 60 women with mammograms last year. “You are saving lives and making a difference,” said Ennis.
This year’s racers were: Allen Cramer and Bob Steele of Adams Radio, Bill Mich and Mike Lichniak of Good Day Delmarva/WBOC, Dean Swingle and Tom Diehl of the Nanticoke Administration, Skylar Schirtzinger and Jorge Yegros of Nanticoke Cancer Center, Chris Miller and Toby Laurian of Seaford Police, Jack Chambers and Aaron Lyons of Sweet Serenity, and Breck Eady and John Angelis of Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce. Following opening heats, the Good Day Delmarva team held off the relay teams representing the Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Sweet Serenity in the finals to win this year’s championship.