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Cornyation raises a record-breaking $168,000
QSanAntonio, June 19, 2014

This year, Fiesta Cornyation, billed as the raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta, raised a record-breaking $168,000 which it disbursed this week to two AIDS charities and in the form of scholarships to four local theater arts students.

The funds were distributed on Wednesday, June 18 at the Friendly Spot Ice House which is owned by this year's King and Queen Anchovy, Steve and Jody Bailey Newman. Also on hand were Cornyation founder Ray Chavez and members of the Cornyation board of directors.

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation and BEAT AIDS were awarded $80,000 apiece.

David Ewell, executive director of SAAF, was so excited to receive the donation that he ripped open the envelope and held the check up for everyone to see as he spoke of all the good the money will do for his agency's 1,800 clients.

BEAT AIDS executive director Michele Durham said the money would be used to help clients who are strapped for funds to pay for rent, hospital visits and expensive medications. Durham was joined at the event by about a dozen BEAT AIDS employees and supporters.

Robert Rhem with scholarship winners. (Photos: QSanAntonio)

Four local theater arts students were given $2000 scholarships as part of the Robert Rhem Theater Arts Scholarship. The Cornyation board established the scholarship fund in 2006 to "assist youth thespians further their education in theater." The students who received the scholarships are Maile Hekekia, Ellen Sisley, Stephany Cavazos and Melanie Delgado.

Rhem is a theater artist who taught at Thomas Jefferson High School for nine years. In 2005, he suffered a serious fall that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He is now confined to a wheelchair but still contributes creatively to Cornyation's yearly production. He was present during the disbursement event and posed for a photo with three of the scholarship winners.

Cornyation royalty Jody and Steve Newman.

Board members present at the event credited Steve and Jody Newman's efforts as King and Queen Anchovy for helping raise this year's record breaking total. The couple hosted and participated in several fundraising events. They also solicited funds from businesses and individuals.

When combined, the money from ticket sales and special events helped make this the best year ever for Cornyation.

Photos: Cornyation distributes $168,000 to beneficiaries
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, June 18, 2014
This year, Fiesta Cornyation raised $168,000, its highest total ever, and distributed the funds on Wednesday, June 18 at the Friendly Spot Ice House.

S.A.'s first Queen Anchovy spoke in favor of NDO last August
QSanAntonio, March 14, 2014
Last August 21, Jody Bailey Newman, who with her husband Steve Newman owns the Friendly Spot Ice House and other businesses, stood on the steps of City Hall with members of CAUSA, and spoke on behalf of the then-proposed nondiscrimination ordinance which would go before the City Council in September.

Photos: Fiesta Cornyation 2014
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, April 23, 2014
Photos taken on the street before the 10 p.m. performance of Fiesta Cornyation on April 23 are proof positive that the show is on the stage and in the seats.

Photos: King & Queen Anchovy's coming out party!
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, April 7, 2014
Former King Anchovies Charlie Gonzalez, Elaine Wolff, Sheryl Sculley and others joined Fiesta Cornyation friends and supporters at a celebration for King Anchovy XLIX Steve Newman and Queen Anchovy I Jody Bailey Newman!

Photos: Queen Anchovy I Party at Friendly Spot
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, March 19, 2014
Queen Anchovy the First, Jody Bailey Newman, made her first public appearance at the Friendly Spot Ice House, which she owns with her husband Steve, who by the way is this year's King Anchovy.