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82 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 19 - June 25, 1998 Best of Beach Art Auction raises g75,000 for Beebe, Rehoboth Art League By Dennis Forney The Ninth Annual Best of the Beach Art Auction for the benefit of Beebe Medical Center and Re- hoboth Art League started out in dramatic fashion and ended as the most successful event yet. Barely had the event begun on Saturday evening, June 13, when storm clouds began colliding above the huge white tent where the event was held. Strong winds from a last-moving thunderstorm blew paintings in the silent auc- tion area off hooks and easels. Volunteers moved quickly to nim- bly scoop items from the rapidly flooding pavement of the parking lot where the tent was erected be- hind the medical center. And while they were at their frantic work, with lightning flashing and thunder clapping around them, guests beat a hasty retreat into the Beebe School of Nursing next door for more substantial shelter. Fifteen minutes later, the storm had moved on. A steady stream of guests began arriving in their cars, and those who had gone next door poked their noses out, smelled the sweet air that comes after strong storms and headed back for the party. Four and a haft hours later, when the Island Boyz stopped playing their reggae at 1 1 p.m., people were still dancing. "The storm didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits," said Marcia Marvel, executive director Continued on page 83 Best of the Beach Art Auction co-chairman Debbie Killeen, left, and chairman Christine Strauss are shown with the Laura Hiekman painting that fetched $2,100, which will benefit Beebe Medical Center and Rehoboth Art League. One of the highlights of the Best of the Beach Art Auction was announcement of a $500,000 donation to Beebe Medical Foundation by Edward and Joanne Hastings of Rehoboth Beach. EdwardHastings made his career with the Hercules corporation before retiring a number of years ago. Joanne Hastings felt a connection to the evening's celebration because of her for- mer affiliation with Rehoboth Art League. The Hastings are shown here in h-ont. Standing are Michelle Rollins, left, chairman of Beebe Medical Foundation, and Marcia Marvel, execu- tive director of the foundation. (302) 645-8273 Midway Shopping Center Among those on hand for the Best of the Beach Art Auction were (above, l-r) Dr. Andrejs Strauss, Bob Cairo and Kathy Davies Harmon. At left, Trevor Feist, a member of the teen committee help- ing out at the Best of the Beach Art Auction, commandered a broom to sweep storm water from the party tent after a mighty "thunderboomer" swept across Delaware's Cape Re- gion. Dennis Forney photos Boudreaux s '7WRiemj/nB:v:ue New Late Night Hours- OPEN TILL 2 A.M. PERSON PER MEAL T00TZ OT TIx00 Juicy Steaks Seafood Specials m 30% OF SALES ON WEDNESDAY GO TO CAPE HENLOPEN ATHLETIC DEll. Ribs FAST Lunchwagon Menu DAILY Fast, Friendly Service Family Fun