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Fun and fundraising draws a huge crowd at JD Shuckers

By Glenn Rolfe

Sussex Post

GEORGETOWN — Here’s a tip: Count on another bartender battle supporting the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce in the not-so-distant future.

Fun in fundraising was brewing Thursday night at JD Shuckers restaurant as five dignitaries stepped behind the bar in the Celebrity Battle of the Bartenders.

“The place was packed,” said GGCOC treasurer Anthony DelFranco, among the five celebrity bartenders. “A lot of laughs. It was a lot of fun.”

Bartender tips totaled $844 to support the chamber’s activities.

State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn passed the “bar” exam with flying colors, garnering tops-in-tips honors with $211.

That topped the $197 raised by Mr. DelFranco, marketing director for CHEER Inc.

“The senator has his constituency,” chuckled Mr. DelFranco. “He knows how to work his constituents!”

Georgetown Mayor Bill West placed third with $161 in tips followed by Mary Ann Leager of M&T Bank and State Rep. Ruth Briggs-King.

In addition to tips, JD Shuckers pledged to donate 10-percent of bar-area food purchased during the three-hour event to the chamber.

“I think it was very-well attended. The atmosphere was light. It was all in fun,” said Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president Angela Emerson.

On behalf of the chamber, Mr. DelFranco gave a special shout out to Jamie Davis, owner of JD Shuckers. “His support was tremendous. He was right back there with us, helping us out,” said Mr. DelFranco.

Special kudos also went to regular JD Shuckers bartenders – Mara, Rielly and Bill — who assisted behind the bar and to the many patrons that came out to support the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

“I feel really good about the fact that not only did we raise money for chamber and raise that awareness for the chamber but we also helped out one of our chamber members: JD Shuckers,” said Mr. DelFranco. “What is beautiful is really there was no outlay of money; no overhead … a matter of five volunteers coming out and doing it and having support from the community to come out and enjoy the evening while they are supporting the chamber of commerce and Georgetown business.”

Trophies for the top bartenders were donated by Chardon Jewelers in Georgetown.

Speculation is there will be an encore battle.

“We’re looking forward to doing this again. We’re not sure when, probably sometime in late spring,” said Mr. DelFranco.

“We might do this again,” said Ms. Emerson. “It seemed the members had a really good time. That is what it was for, basically a networking event for people to have a good time.”

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Interest Rates Are on the Minds of Consumers in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey

Overall favorability toward residential real estate holds steady ahead of the Federal Reserve’s December meeting; Millennials, the most optimistic group surveyed, look beyond starter houses to dream homes

Current and prospective homeowners – particularly Millennials — remain optimistic about the state of the U.S. real estate market yet they expressed concern over the prospects of rising interest rates in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey released today by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty.

Overall, 66% of current homeowners and 63% of prospective homeowners view the U.S. real estate market favorably – a sentiment that has remained steady throughout 2016. Notably, Millennials (defined in the survey as people ages 18-34) were the most optimistic generation, with 74% reporting a favorable view, representing a 15-percentage point jump since the same time last year. Two-thirds of Gen-Xers (ages 35-50) also expressed a favorable view – an 8-percentage point increase from last year.

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The medical weight loss program at Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery is led by Dr. Sandra Palavecino, a Board Certified Internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Palavecino helps with the diagnosis and staging of the disease and develops an individualized program to achieve each patient’s weight loss goal.

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