Commemorative Tree Program

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HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Pay tribute to someone special or celebrate a significant life event and keep Rehoboth Beach green! Contribute to the Commemorative Tree Fund to support the planting of trees on public property. Your tax-deductible gift ensures that future generations will enjoy the tree canopy of our seaside community! The Commemorative Tree Fund is a partnership between the City of Rehoboth Beach and the Trees & Green Infrastructure Committee. 

Trees are one of the most enduring symbols of beauty and life. This unique program encourages you to donate to a tree-planting fund to commemorate a special event or to honor a family member, friend, or pet. It's a memorable gift that keeps on giving - year after year.  

To recognize your generous gift, local artist Bill Wolff was commissioned to create a tree sculpture permanently installed in the City Hall atrium. Each donor to the tree planting fund will have a custom engraved leaf attached to the tree sculpture. There are three sponsorship levels available and each one will be acknowledged with a different color leaf. In addition, donors will receive a recognition letter from the City.

The Commemorative Tree Fund sculpture located on the first floor of City Hall. 

A GIFT TO THE FUND CAN BE USED TO HONOR MANY EVENTS INCLUDING: 

–    the birth of a child or grandchild
–    weddings
–    anniversaries
–    graduations
–    a new pet
–    the memory of a loved one
–    a retirement celebration
Community associations, churches, and businesses can also use the program to honor individuals or groups for special achievements or leadership recognitions.
Please note that the trees funded through this program will be planted on City property and will not have individual commemorative markers at the planting site.

DECEMBER 2020 COMMEMORATIVE TREE UPDATE:

This holiday season, the City of Rehoboth Beach offers everyone the opportunity to give the gift of trees!

Last year, over $24,000 was donated and 50 trees were planted on public property with the support of our generous donors. For the upcoming year, the committee hopes to plant even more trees and is asking for the community to continue its support. Your donation will make a special holiday gift and ensure that generations will enjoy our community’s trees for years to come.

The program is a partnership between the City of Rehoboth Beach and the Trees & Green Infrastructure Committee, formerly the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Trees. The committee’s name change was prompted by a necessity to focus on green infrastructure and trees. Green infrastructure refers to stormwater management practices that protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle. Now, trees are recognized as an essential part of the City’s green infrastructure, which helps boost our economy, enhance community health and safety, and provide recreation, wildlife, and many other benefits. Rehoboth Beach has long been recognized as a Tree City USA. “Trees reduce and slow stormwater by intercepting precipitation in their leaves and branches and soaking up stormwater through their roots. Green infrastructure is a natural solution for the drainage, heat, air, and water quality problems we face in the years ahead,” said Commissioner Susan Gay, the committee’s chair.

Please note that trees planted on City property will not have individual markers at the planting site. All of the permanently engraved leaves will be in City Hall. Contributions are tax-deductible.

For more information, please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or [email protected].

Pictured are three members of the Trees & Green Infrastructure Committee at the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Holiday Market providing information on the Commemorative Tree Fund (l-r) Elise Burns, Joan Flaherty, and Terri Eskew.