The Big Chill Beach Club and La Vida Hospitality, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, will host the 2017 Lifeguard Award Celebration at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at Big Chill Beach Club, 27099 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach.

This annual event honors the men and women of the local lifeguard patrols including Bethany Beach, Delaware Seashore State Park, Fenwick Island, Middlesex Beach, North Bethany Beach, Sea Colony and South Bethany. Each patrol also nominates a Lifeguard of the Year, selected by the captain, who are honored individually during the event and receive a customized cornhole set, sponsored by Atlantic Shoals, in recognition.

The celebration will kick off in the party tent at Big Chill Beach Club, along with music and games. During the celebration, the chamber will present a check for $500 to the towns of Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany to help fund continued lifeguard service on the weekends after Labor Day.

Each guard will attend the event for free, due to the generosity of signature sponsors Anne Powell and Associates and Coastal Tented Events; patrol sponsor: Banks Wine & Spirits; supporting sponsors Bank of Ocean City, Bethany Area Realty, Creative Concepts and John F. Kleinstuber; and associate sponsors of Hugh Hickman & Sons and One Coastal.

For more, call 539-2100 or see