"the" Mrs. Astor

Friday, December 07, 2007

The South Beach AIDS Project is in trouble. Unlike other organizations, SoBAP doesn't give fancy-dress balls and have celebrities appearing at black tie functions; they just give free help to those in need. Unlike other "charities", they don't pay themselves handsomely, attend foreign conferences, or buy themselves mahogany desks; they have an unpretentious office on Washington Avenue above a juice store. So, when a group like that finds themselves in a financial bind the best thing to do is call, who else? Thomas Barker.

The indefatigable Barker took up the call for help and gathered the town's clubs together for a fund-raiser. Good ol' Barker; he's transformed from a paid party monster to one of the most effective fund-raisers around.

Tomorrow, The Palace leads off the effort with benefit drag shows and pledges and money has already started to flow in from mine and Barker's requests. The Great Northern Court of The Countess Bedelia has even opend its treasury already and many members of our court have stepped forward, including the girls, who are donating their tips. We are all aware how tiring the mayoral campaign was, but now is not the time to rest; and--as I have seen before--The Palace patrons always seem to come through. They, more than anyone, know how fortunate we all are to live this splendid life in paradise and now's the time to be a little thoughtful of others.

In other words, Be Ready To Open Those Purses.


At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Tosca said...

Hi Love,
I'll be happy to open my purse and I love Thomas Barker. He is a true gem.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

Tosca, you are a true lady. Please introduce yourself tomorrow. I'm intrigued.

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Tosca said...

Silly head, it's Vickie! I thought you knew my screen name. And......I might be surprising you tomorrow!

At 12:10 AM, Blogger Countess Bedelia said...

Alexis, "Tosca" is Vickie! She met Thomas Barker at a Equality Florida fundraiser and renewed her acquaintance at the Halloween ER party at The Palace when I was visiting.

Good luck on the fundraising. I posted about it in my blog also.

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, one might ask why is SoBap in trouble? When its' new ED Charles Martin took over 2 years ago the agency had cash reserves of $100,000 and several large grants. Unfortuantly, Mr. Martin, who had just finished running the Julius Adams AIDS Task Force in Kew Wes into the ground has donr the same thing to SoBAP thus placing the only agency in south Florida to serve the needs og gay men in jepordy.

We hear stories of their health insurance policy for employees lapsed for non payment, no employment taxes pain in 6 months and the agency $30,000 in det.

How sad the Board decided to hire the friend of Tom Millner, the then Co-Chair of the boead instead of finding somone competant.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

Good help, as always is hard to find. We just help when asked to, like we do for the Humane Society.


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