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November 8, 1996

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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 8 - November 14, 1996 CAPE LIFE Beebe Medical Center gives thanks for another year of blessings Kerry Kester photo The Ninth Annual Thanksgiving Ball, benefiting Beebe Medical Center, was its usual success. Nearly 280 people attended the dinner dance held at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach on Saturday, Nov. 2. Proceeds from the ball - approximately $50,000 - will benefit the next phase of Vision 2000, which funds hospital projects such as upgrades and expansions of the medical facility. Many community businesses donated items for the silent auction. Categories of bidding items included jewelry, apparel, lifestyle services, "food, glorious food", "gifts galore", and "sports and leisure." The benefit also included a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a trip for two to London - "A Taste of London" - won by Beth Kramedas Thomas. At fight, Norman Baylis (fight) presents the Norman Baylis award for excellence in healthcare to James Beebe, M.D., for his many years of devoted service to the Beebe Medical Center family. Baylis, who served on the board of directors with Beebe for more than 25 years, commended Beebe for his performance as well as his years of hospital and community service. "I'm really proud to be part of Beebe Medical Center," said Beebe, whose family founded the medical center 80 years ago. "My father and my uncle would be extremely proud of what it is today," said Beebe. Above, close friends dined, danced and spent the evening visiting while the music of the Dave Schiff Orchestra of Wilmington wafted through the air. Shown standing from 0-r) are Richard Caruso, M.D.; Kerry and John Spieker, M.D.; Wilson Choy and Linda Choy, both M.D.s; Brenda Topoi, Karen and Anthony Masone, M.D., and Dale Bellinger. Seated are Theresa Caruso; Debbie and Vincent Killeen, M.D.; Steve Berlin, M.D.; and Lisa Berlin. Michele Rollins, chairwoman of the Beebe Med- ical Foundation, spends a moment with two new Cape Region physicians (l-r) - Wilson" and Linda Choy, as well as April Palekar, the wife of Bhaskar Palekar, board of directors chairman. Mayer Katz, M.D., (left) a surgeon at Beebe Med- ical Center, recently welcomed James Spellman, M.D., an oncologtcal surgeon, and his wife Debra, to the community. At right is Nancy Katz, who was instrumental in organizing the benefit. Enjoying a cocktail before dinner (l-r) are Bhaskar Palekar, M.D. and Beebe Medical Center chairman of the board; Wallace Hudson, Beebe Medical Center director of corporate affairs; Stephanie Hudson; and Norman Baylis, Beebe Medical Foundation director. Angie Moon photos Nancy Katz's Around Town column returns next week I Above, left, Betty Mann and her husband Dr. James Beebe dance the night away to the Big Band sound of the Dave Schiff Orchestra of Wilmington. To their right, James Bartel (left) and Jan McCarty visit with Jeffrey Fried, Beebe Medical Foundation CEO. Gene Bookhammer, (left) a Beebe Medical Foundation director, discusses the benefit's success with John RolHns. At far right, Robert Wright and Twila Farrell shared an amusing anecdote before the steak and lobster dinner was served.