SoDel Concepts, the restaurant group founded by Matt Haley, has donated $10,000 to The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville.
The Rehoboth Beach-based company, which owns nine restaurants along the Delaware coast, donated the money through its philanthropic arm, SoDel Cares.
"Thanks to The Freeman Stage, there has been an explosion of performing arts offerings in coastal Delaware," Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. "We're particularly appreciative of the good work that the organization does for area schools. For many of the children who attend the free shows, it's their first exposure to the arts, including classical music, opera and dance.
The Freeman Stage is part of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which was founded in 2007 to honor Josh Freeman, the former chairman of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. Typically, the performances are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day and viewed by more than 50,000 visitors a year
The SoDel Cares Fund, a nonprofit, helps children in Delaware and across the globe. Many of the fund's efforts address hunger and sustainability.