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48 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 " " 11 Beach Boys. Te the teacher DRBA, s benefit raises $150,000 for two hospitals By Dennis Forney The Beach Boys, with 35 years .of performance experience, rolled into Delaware's Cape Region Sat- urday night riding a reputation for putting on crowd-pleasing shows. When they took the world-class stage erected at Joe Hudson's Eagle Crest Aerodrome on Route 1, the all-American band spent the next two hours doing nothing but enhancing that reputation. Joined on the stage under the colorful lights with four or five of their children and grandchildren singing back-up, the musicians from Cali- fornia ended a three song encore by belting ,out a "rockin' and a rollin'" rendition of "Barbara Ann" that had the crowd dancing and singing and smiling. The.evening ended with a fh'e- works show choreographed to such patriotic songs as Battle Hymn of the Republic, Ray Charles's "It's A Wonderful World" and a grand head, eyes and ears-banging finale that ended, on the beat, with the final bars of the "1812 Overture." "From all indications - from the general public and the tourism community - everyone was pleased with the evening's efforts," said Mike Owens, Director of Opera- tions for Delaware River and Bay Authority's ferry system, who directed the Third Annual Fourth of July Hospital Benefit Gala. "We've already started to investi- gate how we can top ourselves next year." Jimmy Buffet? The three tenors - Luciano Pavarotti, Jos6 Carerras and Placido Domingo? "Those are some of the names that have been brought up as possi- ble acts for the Third Annual Hos- pital Benefit we've already begun Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love, flanked by AI Jardine O) and Karl Wilson, entertain the crowd that attended the Saturday, July 5 fund-raiser sponsored by the Delaware River and Bay Authority. planning for next year," said Larry public supporters approaching on either of the mouth of Delaware did before and demonstrate that the Sharp, marketing director for the 17,000 in attendance, the benefit Bay where the ferry terminals are site could be used for different ferry system. "But they're just a netted enough money so that located, types of and larger events. We feeli couple of the acts that may or may Delaware River and Bay Authority Sharp said organizers felt good that the site - and the r0ad, not be available and which might (DRBA) officials were able to pre- about the way the former corn field parking 7 could probabl) be large enough to attract a crowd sent checks for $75,000 each to served as a concert venue and how. another 5,000 people. as large or larger than this year's." Beebe Medical Center in Lewes well volunteers and police officers "I also think it's important for Sharp said no decision has yet and Burdette-Tomlin Hospital in handled the traffic coming and people to know that this whole been made for next year's perform- Cape May Court House, New Jer- going."The punkin' chunkers first effort was a real, independent ben- ers or where the event will take sey. showed the people of.this area that efit. We have a separate entity place. That tops last year's Delaware Joe Hudson's field worked well for known as 'Fourth of July Benefit "But no one's saying that we'll- Symphony benefit aboard the MV a big event," said Sharp. Gala' that takes in and pays out all move next year to New Jersey," Twin Capes- not a public benefit- "What we did with the Beach funds. None of the money involved said Sharp. which netted $40,000 for the hos- Boys and the fireworks show was in this event came out of DRBA With a crowd of corporate and pitals which serve the communities enhance what the punkin' chunkers operating funds."