Life was a beach at the Hippo nightclub, as the Health Education Resource Organization held its first annual Beach Party. Guests were given plastic leis as they entered the club. Inside, the room was decorated with sand pails, beach balls and umbrellas and a dance floor was filled with blue balloons (representing the ocean) to help partygoers get into the swim of things.
Among the more than 450 folks sipping mai tais and enjoying the brief vacation: Tina Lazar and James T. Grattan, event co-chairs; Gail Godwin, Anne B. Mulligan, Lou Curran and Debbie Gover, event committee members; Dr. Leonardo Ortega, executive director and CEO of HERO; Lenora Davis, HERO board president; Joseph Anastasio, HERO board vice president; Mike Miller, David Smith and Rosemary A. Woren, board members; Chuck Bowers, owner of the Hippo; Dr. Bill Ruby, clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Tanya Hamlin, marketing specialist with Aegon Special Markets Group; Mickey Allison, a nurse at Whitman Walker Clinic; Frank Rich, hair stylist at La Clinica Day Spa; Tom Fanos, Baltimore fashion consultant; and D.J. Glattke, receiving supervisor at Boise Cascade.
The sandless soiree raised more than $22,000 for HERO programs educating the community about HIV and being advocates for and providing direct care to people affected by the disease.