David Ewell of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation
and Michele Durham of BEAT AIDS.
Cornyation raises a
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.