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104 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 Jefferson School benefLls from Evening of Laughter Jill Roberts photo The Second Annual Elegant Evening of Laughter's fundraising committee in- cludes (l-r) Stacy Hollingsworth, Sue Timmons, Kelley Harp, Linda Nielsen, Brenda Heckert, Dr. Jeffrey Hawtof, Tricia Ratner, Mindi Carter, Nancy Bellinger, Adriane Gallagher and Janice Ferneyhough. Missing from the photo is committee member Patricia Anderson. From Clean Comedians, Kyle Cease opens the Elegant Evening of Laughter. Georgiana and Tom Ibach of Ibach's Candy by the Sea and Dolle's Candyland served as comedic under- writers along with Gannett Publica- tions. Gannett Publications was represented by (l-r) Jane Meleady and Gayle Wheeler, along with Great Scott Broadcasting's Sue Timmons. Community support makes second annual event a rousing success His award-winning comedy concluded with a "montage of memories" - a slow- motion version of the highlights of his act accompanied by a CD recording. He left the stage amid a thunderous round of ap- plause and laughter. Carlos Oscar then took the stage to con- tinue the clean style of comedy with stories about himself and his family. Back by pop- ular demand from last" year, typical bits of his act included a reenactment of flying far too many miles on an incredibly small plane; making fun of his cousin's numerous eyebrow rings and an unfortunate event in- volving refrigerator magnets; and the affin- ity of his Mexican in-laws for cooking chorizo every day. "It's good, but it's like rawhide, isn't it?" asked Oscar, a Puerto Rican. "I mean, you can't eat this stuff every day. My doctor By Mary Ann Benyo Kyle Cease from Clean Comedians took the stage amid warm applause to open the Second Annual Elegant Evening of Laugh- ter fundraiser for The Jefferson School March 4. "Chicago, L.A., Boston," Cease recited, looking around the theater at Del Tech Owens Campus in pretend awe. "But, one day - I always knew - one day I would make it to Georgetown." His professionalism from years of head- lining at numerous nightclubs showed clearly as he demonstrated great improvisa- tion - with an audience that gave complete- ly unexpected .answers to his questions, or answered the wrong questions altogether; a musical bit with a poorly tuned piano with missing notes and a microphone stand that was unexplainably floppy. told me I was pork positive." The fundraising event chairperson, Tricia Ratner, was pleased with the tumout, just shy of a full house. "I was a little apprehen- sive about moving to such a large venue, since this was only our second year for this event, but we sold more than 350 tickets." She stressed the importance of communi- ty support in making this evening such a success, with so many contributors pitching in food, flowers, advertising, time and mis- cellaneous supplies, and money donations of all amounts. The biggest cost of the evening, the comedians, was underwritten by Ibach's Candy by the Sea and Dolle's Candyland; Great Scott Broadcasting; and Gannett Publications. The event's major sponsors were Prudential Gallo, Realtors; Tunnell & Raysor, P.A.; and Skip and Veronica Faust. The evening opened with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Lighthouse Cove and a cash bar with wine contributed by Teller Wines, and beer donated by Dogfish Head Brew- ery. Other food was donated by Sysco Foods and Cloud 9 Restaurant. Raffle prizes included two nights at the Bellmoor Inn & Spa; a necklace and bracelet set donated by Bellinger's Jewel- ers; a gift certificate contributed by Cloud 9 for dinner for two; and gift certificates do- nated from One Spirit Massage Studio in Rehoboth Beach. "We are truly appreciative of the incredi- ble support we received from so many busi- nesses in the community," Ratner said, "as well as from many of the parents and fami- lies who have children at The Jefferson School." "It's a great school," Ratner said, pleased to be able to send her daughter Claudia, and when he's older, her son, Sam. "They have a great teacher-to-student ratio, so the kids get individualized attention and instruction geared to their style of learning." The Jefferson School is Sussex county's only independent private school, offering an innovative academic program designed to foster an enthusiasm for learning and an appreciation of diversity. For more infor- mation about The Jefferson School in Georgetown, call 856-3300.