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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August I - August 7, 1997 PRIDE "97 makes tropical s00lash while raising funds for AIDS causes Enjoying the evening's festivities are (l-r) Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Betty Ann Kane, Wayne Hodge, manager of The Renegade, and Gladys Kravitz of Washington, D.C., a karaoke specialist. The Renegade hosts this benefit each sum- mer. Members of the Baystar Dinner Theater troupe "Put on the Ritz" for those gathered at the PRIDE '97 gala, held at The Renegade in Rehoboth Beach on July 27 to benefit the Sussex County AIDS Committee and the JIM Fund. The event raised over $30,000 for the two causes, and Glen Pruitt, executive director of SCAC, who with Ken Mahan was instrumental in orga- nizing the benefit, said he was quite pleased with the results. "PRIDE's always one of my fa- vorite functions because so many people in the community join in. In fact, the owners of Something Special on Baltimore Avenue had a sign in their store window noting them to be proud sponsors of PRIDE, and even closed their shop for a couple hours so they could attend." Something Special also donated the Red Ribbon sculpture, valued at $1,000, to the live auc- tion. Sal and.Bettye Gallo, Cape Region Realtors, inspect the variety of items and dinners donat- ed by area businesses for the silent auction at PRIDE '97. During the live auction, the high bid for artist Murray Archibald's original, "Butterfly Resurrection II," went to Bill Goldstein, who has been collecting Archibald paintings and has been a generous benefactor, paying $2,200 for the painting. Clockwise (top, right), Ken Mahan, who handled public relations for the event along with acquiring auction items, stands with Becky Craft of Milford, a volunteer. At right, Lauren Kyle belts out a rendition of Donna Sommers' "Let's Dance the Last Dance," before the mer- maid appeared to swing across the room above the crowd. At left are (l-r) Meredith Hunder, president of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), with David DeLuca of Milton, with En- rapt Publishing Web Service, and Rick Moore of Rick's Fit- ness Center, also of Milton. They were two of the spon- sors of PRIDE '97. Pruitt said they had at least 21 volun- teers from SCAC helping out and a lot of positive feedback on the event.