A Tribute to Steve Elkins
(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) - "For over 25 years he has served as our director, but that term doesn't even begin to describe the impact he made," said Chris Beagle, Vice President of CAMP Rehoboth.
CAMP Rehoboth co-founder and director, Steve Elkins, passed away March 16 after being sick with lymphoma. Green ribbons are hanging outside the CAMP Rehoboth community center are for him.
"Just like he did for over 25 years fighting for the rights of others, he fought lymphoma with courage and dignity until the very end," said Beagle.
"Wonderful man, great heart, great personality," stated Salvatore Seely, director of health and wellness programs at CAMP Rehoboth.
Elkins fought for lesbians, gays, transgenders and homeless. He and his husband Murry Archibald founded the non-profit community service organization (CAMP Rehoboth), and were advocates of equality.
"This is not just an LGBT organization. We are a very diverse, inclusive organization just like this community and that has so much to do with what they've done," stated Beagle.
"At a time when there were no services for people living with HIV back in the 90s, he and his partner Murray started an event called Sundance, and this earned hundreds and thousands of dollars for people with HIV," Seely says.
Many are grieving Elkins' loss. He made a difference not just in Rehoboth Beach, but throughout the state.
Legislatures including Governor Carney, former Governor Markel, Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkof, and Senator Chris Coons reached out to share their condolences.
He was a man who will surely be remembered.