The board of directors of Fiesta Cornyation announced today that for the second year in a row they raised a record-breaking $200,000 which they will distribute to local charities and college students on June 12.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Fiesta Cornyation raises funds through ticket sales for six shows performed at the Charlene McCombs Empire Theatre, and at pre-Fiesta parties sponsored by current and former Kings Anchovy. The show has been billed as “the raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta.”
This year’s Kings Anchovy, Wayne D. Beers and Michael Bobo, proprietors of W.D. Deli, were active in helping raise the money during a non-stop schedule of fundraising parties held all over town.
Former Kings Anchovies Chris Hill and James Lifshutz were joined by a dozen former kings in organizing the annual King’s Coming Out party which was sponsored by Arts Center Enterprises, Inc. in early April at Hill’s El Mirador restaurant.
The Cornyation board will present checks for $85,000 to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, BEAT AIDS and, for the first time, $10,000 to the Thrive Youth Center for homeless LGBT youth.
A Robert Rehm scholarship will be presented to college student James M. Dold, who is currently pursuing a degree in a theater arts-related field. The scholarship provides $5000 a year for up to four years of study. Dold will be joined by former recipients Ellen Sisley, Melanie Delgado, and Molly Martinez-Collins. In 2015, Fiesta Cornyation doubled the amount of the scholarships, which are named for Rhem, the late theater director and teacher.
Cornyation has raised nearly $2 million for local charities and college scholarships since becoming an official non-profit.
The awards and scholarships will be presented at a private ceremony sponsored by Fiesta Cornyation’s 2014 King and Queen Anchovy Steve and Jody Newman and the Alamo Street Eat Bar.
Check out our slideshow, Backstage at Cornyation.