Downtown Milford, Inc., recently inducted new Board of Directors members, including naming SaraKate Hammer as the new president of the board. Hammer said her memories of Milford have helped strengthen her appreciation of the downtown community, and hopes to make new memories through DMI events. Hammer looks forward to serving as board president, alongside Vice President Irv Ambrose, Secretary Nancy Benson and Treasurer Dan Marbello.
Hammer said DMI welcomes help, advice and the gift of volunteer time and those interested can contact Lee Nelson at (302) 839-1180.
Q: How did you get your start with downtown development?
A: A friend, Dr. Susan Sufit, mentioned Downtown Milford, Inc., to me when we first moved to Milford years ago after hearing of my interest in volunteering in the community. Growing up in a small town is a unique experience and my husband and I wanted to contribute to our new hometown in a way that would matter for our family. I found that I really enjoyed helping to make the downtown a center for gathering people from the community together helping to bind those small-town ties.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working with Milford’s downtown and why?
A: I really enjoy the pride that the people have in Milford. It’s fun to be a part of something that matters and this place matters to a lot of people. Downtown Milford has really blossomed over the past 10 years and it is fun to watch and be a part of.
Q: What are your goals as president of DMI?
A: I would like to continue to work with all the stakeholders for the community of Milford including the City, DEDO, the County Tourism offices and our great volunteers to welcome continued economic development in downtown. Additionally, I will work to help maintain our great downtown traditions like the Holiday Stroll, the Bug and Bud Festival and our St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, while ushering in new ones like the Eat in the Street. Every piece is integral, and it takes all of us working together to keep it vibrant.
Q: What is your favorite memory of downtown Milford?
A: I think a lot of my memories of downtown Milford are shared family memories. My parents, my daughter and I were all born at Milford Hospital. I bought shoes at Lou’s Bootery for my son, like my mom did for me and her mom for her. And most recently, I had a wonderful memory-making experience at the Eat in the Street. What a great night. It was fun to sit in the middle of town for dinner with neighbors. I loved it.