In celebration of the Inauguration of

John C. Carney
Lieutenant Governor
Bethany A. Hall-Long

The 2017 Inauguration Committee requests the honor of your presence for:

Celebration of the Arts in Delaware

The Celebration of the Arts events will include works and performances representing the talents of Delawareans. The complete list of artists and performers is at the bottom of this page.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Doors open 6:30pm
Live performances 7:00pm
Clear Space Theatre
20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Admission: free (please click below to RSVP)
Please bring a non-perishable good with you. All contributions will be donated to feed the hungry in Sussex County.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Doors open 6:30pm
Live performances 7:00pm
P.S. duPont Middle School Auditorium
701 W. 34th Street, Wilmington, Delaware
Admission: free (please click below to RSVP)
Please bring a children’s book with you. All contributions will be donated to the United Way of Delaware’s “My Very Own Library” Program, designed to build home libraries for elementary students in our community to promote reading literacy.

Interfaith Prayer Service

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Whatcoat United Methodist Church
341 Saulsbury Road, Dover, Delaware
All are welcome for the pre-inaugural prayer service.

Inauguration Ceremony

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Legislative Mall, Dover, Delaware*

Public Greeting

Following the Inauguration Ceremony
Legislative Hall, Dover, Delaware

Inaugural Celebration

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m
The Rollins Center at Dover Downs
1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware
Business Attire
$35/person (click below to RSVP and register)
Music provided by Mike Hines & The Look

Food selections from culinary programs in Delaware schools will complement the evening (check back for an updated list).

Eventbrite - Inaugural Celebration

Advanced registration for ALL events is required by January 9, 2017.
If you have special needs to attend a program, please inform us when you RSVP. No tickets will be distributed; your online registration information will be used at the registration tables for each event.

Hotel rooms are available at Dover Downs Hotel. Please use the code “GCARN17”.

Sponsors, please click here to download the registration form for your guests who will attend the inaugural celebration and the pre-celebration cocktail party. Once complete, email it before
January 9, 2017 to

*In the event of extremely inclement weather, this event will be moved to Central Middle School Auditorium, 211 Delaware Avenue, Dover, Delaware. Any location change will be posted on this website by 7:00 a.m., January 17, 2017.

Inauguration security protocols will be in effect at all events. Please allow adequate time for admission.

Thank you to our Sponsors*

Platinum – $10,000

Bank of America
The Chemours Company, FC, LLC
Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Herbert & Patrice Miller
JP Morgan Chase & Co
McCarter & English, LLP
Morris, James LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP
Saul Ewing LLP
Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor

Diamond – $5,000

Aetna Inc.
Artesian Water Company, Inc.
Delaware Beverage Association
Delaware State University
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

Highmark, Inc.
Meetings By Design, Inc.
PBF Energy/Delaware City Refinery
PSEG Services Corporation
United Health Group, Inc
W.L. Gore & Associates

Gold – $2,500

Alpha Technologies Inc, USA
Byrd Group
Computer Aid, Inc.
Conaway Associates
Delaware Asian American Business Association
Delaware Electric Co-Op Inc.
Duffield & Associates
FedEx Corporation
Harrington Raceway & Casino
Nationwide Healthcare Services – Regal Heights & Regency Healthcare
Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze
Progressive Software Computing, Inc.
Richards, Layton & Finger
Royal Farms
Sobieski Enterprises
Tidewater Utilities, Inc

Silver – $1,000

50 State LLC
Anthem, Inc.
Assurance Media
The Danneman Firm, LLC
Ed Hazzouri
Kathy Andrus & Gary Traynor
Matt Hendricks
Uber Technologies Inc.
Waste Masters
Wohlsen Construction Company

*As of 1/13/17. Please check back for an updated list of our sponsors.


Thank you to our Performers**

Clear Space Theater Visual Artists

Amanda Ponko
Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware – Pegasus ArtWorks Project
Indian River High School Visual Arts Class
Jack Wiberg – Live Art Demonstration
Kelli Pavon
Maddi Ponko
Sherry Biele – Live Art Demonstration
Sussex Central High School Visual Arts Class

Clear Space Theater Performance Artists

Cape Henlopen High School Jazz Band
Clear Space Theater Spotlight on Young Performers
Hannah Sturgis, Polytech High School – 2015 & 2016 Delaware Poetry Out Loud Champion
Indian River High School Ladies A cappella Choir
Julio Tijerina, Jr., Sussex Academy – National Anthem Singer
Nanticoke Indian Dancer Troupe

P.S. duPont Middle School Visual Artists

Biggs Museum of American Art – Junior Docents program
Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware – Pegasus ArtWorks Project
Christina School District REACH Program – Bayard Middle School
Creative Vision Factory
Delaware Art Museum – Art Smart Program
P.S. duPont Middle School Visual Arts Class
4youth Productions – Event Photography

P.S. duPont Middle School Performance Artists

Cab Calloway School of the Arts Theater Department
Cathedral Choir School of Delaware
Chinese American Community Center – Traditional Chinese Lion Dance
Dance JHANKAAR – Bollywood Dancing
The Lenape Drum Group
P.S. duPont Middle School Chorus
P.S. duPont Middle School Steel Drum Band

Wilmington Children’s Chorus
Zy’rin Smack, 3rd Grader, Caravel Academy – Spoken Word Performance

**As of 1/11/17. Please check back for an updated list of our performers as they are confirmed.

Special Appreciation to the 2017 Inauguration Committee

Honorary Inauguration Chairs

Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and President Pro Tem of the Senate, David McBride

Co-Chairs Mike Houghton and Jackie Mette

Inaugural Committee Members

Kathy Andrus, Manjul Asthana, Darrell Baker, Desmond Baker, George Beer, Beverly Bove, Jeffrey Bross, Robert Byrd, C. Malcolm “Mike” Cochran, Nancy Cook, Joann Conaway, Joe Conaway, Arthur “Chip” Connolly, Joseph Corrado, Sr., Rick Deadwyler, Gerard Esposito, Veronica Faust, Tim Frey, Palash Gupta, Leigh Houghton, Jane Hovington, Hummayun Ismail, Francis “Pete” Jones, Kathi Karsnitz, Patricia Key, Rebecca Kidner, Kelechi Lawrence, Thomas McGonigle, Steve Montgomery, Oluseyi Senu-Oke, Norman Oliver, John Paradee, Linda Parkowski, Gary Patterson, Joseph Rhoades, Rhett Ruggerio, George Schreppler, Oluseyi Senu-Oke, Dian Taylor, Michelle Taylor, Gary Traynor, Kim Willson

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