Underwear and swimwear fashion show for the GLBT community held Tuesday brought out a packed crowd to the new restaurant on Pacific Avenue.
Location: Redding’s Restaurant
With summer almost here promoters Bill Cradle and Keith Werner hosted an underwear and swimwear fashion show for the GLBT community this past Tuesday at Redding's on Pacific Avenue.
A crowded room included straight Ingrid, who stopped in for dinner. “I love this crowd,” she announced, having as much fun as anyone there. Other "straights" included Kim, the owner of Kelsey and Kim's, New Hampshire Avenue's soul food restaurant; with her staff Peachee Lee, former casino host at Trump Marina and Hilton; Diane Ramftl, who heads the Donald L. Perry Foundation; Mitchell Sands, the owner of Hand and Stone in Mays Landing and Maggi and Erica who volunteered at the front door.
A number of hosts from various casinos including Harrah's and Caesars were checking out the crowd as casinos move full gear into glbt marketing.
Youngest at heart, model Buddy Grover, 83, sported silk pajamas and a cotton robe. This A.C. inlet resident is a flash of positive energy, volunteering every Friday at the Absecon lighthouse and working tirelessly on the organ restoration project inside Boardwalk Hall. More than 100 celebrants of all ages gathered recently at the Ram’s Head Inn to celebrate his 83rd. Buddy’s already looking forward to his 100th!
PICTURED; Buddy Grover, going strong in pajamas and robe. (Photo Bill Cradle)
Another great thing: The Atlantic City AIDS testing bus was parked outside. The Project Impact van was purchased about eight years ago through a special grant from the State Department of Health and Senior Services. The staff was really glad to be a part of the event and reported that a number of people got tested on Tuesday.
Even though the disease is now more prevalent in the hetero world, AIDS is still pinned as the "gay disease."
My brother Bill died of AIDS over a decade ago. I watched with horror as he wasted away to nothing. I watched with awe as he did so with dignity, never letting it knock him down, regardless of how often it broke him down. With medical advances since, Bill would still be alive and kicking!!!
Get tested today.
As an aside, I have had calls this week from people wanting to audition for Under the Boardwalk, last week's lead story. Sorry everyone, to my knowledge the casting calls are done.
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