The Gabby Guy says Variety is the spice of life and proves the police really know how to party.
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Also noshing and joshing were dear Gabby Guy friends A.J. Previll, the Indomitable Ginger Weiss and Brooks (just Brooks) of Wilmington’s new upscale resale boutique Silver Lining on Ninth Street. All looked summer sun-kissed, rested and plain cute. New friend Nicel Peterson said she attended “for the cause”—pause—“and the beer. It’s part of my job to network. My boss would love to know I took the initiative” Now he knows, Nicel, now he knows…
The raffle ticket selling tag team of sisters Amanda and Molly Breffitt hawked chances to some fantastic prizes and trips. “Wanna know our secret to selling success? Ten dollars for an arm’s length and $20 for a body’s length of tickets—any body” they said in perfect unison—even 6-foot-8 former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan.
Sure enough, big man No. 69 stood near the bar—not behind—amid an instant crush of photo- and autograph-seeking fans. “Do you plan to pour?” we asked. “I usually don’t make it that far,” said Big Jon. “Too busy signing and smiling”—which he does very well. “I guess I could start signing cocktail napkins. That’s closer to making a drink.”
His specialty? “Iron Hill brew or Grey Goose,” he said. “Throw a cocktail onion in it and call it the Runyan Onion.” That had us crying. You heard it here first, thirsty sports fans.
We need to mention the little people— that being every and anyone standing near Runyan, but specifically the two smiling, patient and pretty young Variety women: Lisa Jobb, director of after-school programs, and site co-ordinator Krisinda Alberto, who skillfully greeted and ticketed a barrage of guests. It was a good time for a very good cause—children of all varieties.
Tryin’ the Hawaiian
Last year’s Delaware Association of Police fundraiser benefited fallen Philadelphia police and had a carnival bent. “This year we’re trying a Hawaiian theme,” said event chairman Bill Draper. “And the funds raised will stay closer to home.”
The Delaware Association of Police Center may be a private club for Delaware police officers, Draper points out, “But we are the most affordable, rentable public hall in New Castle County. It is a home, a safe haven where police can come, relax and not worry about possible disgruntled people they’ve met on the job.” It is, after all, difficult to have a good time while worrying about unwanted confrontations.
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