Since its small beginning, Fiesta’s Cornyation has proven to be more than just San Antonio’s raunchiest event.
In fact, to date, Cornyation has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars to local charities and scholarship recipients. So, it was not surprising to hear that the popular stage show would be awarding its largest contributions in its history this year.
After a successful year of Fiesta Cornyation profits, King Anchovy IXVIII and Queen Anchovy I (Steve and Jody Newman of The Friendly Spot and other local eateries), joined the Cornyation board of directors this morning to award $168,000 to local AIDS-related charities and four scholarship recipients.
Both the San Antonio Aids Foundation and BEAT AIDS foundation received $80,000 each, and the four theater arts scholarship recipients were awarded $2,000 each.
When receiving the $80,000 check BEAT AIDS Executive Director Michele Durham spoke about how grateful the organization was for this award along with many ways the money would help the organization.
“It will benefit our clients,” Durham said. “We are going to make sure more people get access to medications and get a opportunity to live longer. We also hope to get the number of people infected down to zero.”
Representing the San Antonio Aids Foundation was Executive Director David Ewell. Like Durham, Ewell talked about how a donation like the one they were receiving could help any person facing this serious disease.
"The huge endeavor that Cornyation works toward each year is very significant to our ability to be able to maintain quality services," Ewell said. "This award fills the gaps in funding shortfalls for many of our various programs. ... Their consistency in supporting HIV/AIDS has helped build awareness to our entire community."
With the success of this year’s events, the board decided to raise the scholarship prize from $1000 to $2000 annually, this would include the four current scholarship recipients. Recipients present at the event included 2014 Memorial High School Graduate Melanie Delgado who will major in theater arts and minor in education at University of the Incarnate Word.