Updated August 13, 2006 Compiled & written by Mike Fitzpatrick
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2006 Guernsey Gala Tally Brushes $11,850
Green Bay - The 15th annual Guernsey Gala saw a long-time winning streak broken and a solid increase in total money raised. At the entertainer-filled gala closing show and ceremony held at The Shelter here August 12, Napalese Lounge saw their nearly decade-long winning streak broken as The Shelter’s Brandon Schmidt raised $6,255 to pass Napalese contestant Jeff Connor’s $5,519.39.
Though only two bars participated in the major fund raising this year, three others lent support in the annual Guernsey softball tournament. The Sass team beat entrants Tipsy’s On Broadway, Brandy’s II and The Shelter.
The $11,849.39 final Guernsey tally, which includes softball tournament proceeds and other donations, represents a 58% increase over 2005’s total.
All Guernsey proceeds have been donated to the Social Services program at ARCW. The funds augment the agency’s Emergency Financial Assistance program which helps those living with HIV/AIDS deal with disease-related budgetary crises. A portion of the the total will also be designated for use to supply the agency’s hard goods pantry, which dispenses paper products and personal care items such as soap and shampoo. All money raised by the Guernsey Gala is distributed to clients and other PWAs working with the Green Bay office.
According to Rainbow Over Wisconsin Treasurer Ken Rohde, the 15th edition of the gala tipped the fundraiser’s lifetime total of funds raised past $142,000. The Guernsey Gala has been sponsored and organized by Rainbow Over Wisconsin since 2003, and is the longest continuing fundraiser for HIV/AIDS by any gay community in the state of Wisconsin. Earlier this year, ARCW honored Guernsey founder Wayne “Elsie Bovine” Thiele and ROW Guernsey chair Marilyn Schroeder for their decade and a half effort to help those living with HIV.