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Musician returns for DCAP fundraiser

January 29, 2008

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Winter dance

¢ Tickets for Douglas County AIDS Project's winter dance on Saturday cost $20.

¢ Attendees also can have dinner before the dance with The Kelley Hunt Band at Maceli's, 1031 N.H. Those tickets are $50 and include admission to the dance.

¢ Tickets are available on Ticketmaster, at the Liberty Hall box office or from any DCAP board member. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

¢ Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday and The Kelley Hunt Band starts performing at 8 p.m. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.

¢ For more information, go to www.douglascountyaidsproject. org.

If there's one constant for the Douglas County AIDS Project's winter fundraiser dance, it would be Kelley Hunt.

As the fundraiser has changed during the last 16 years, Hunt - described as everything from an R&B singer and boogie-woogie pianist to a singer-songwriter - has been there to keep everyone moving on the dance floor.

Hunt performed at the first DCAP Valentine's dance in 1991. And she remained as the headliner for more than a decade. Even when the theme changed to Mardi Gras in 2003, DCAP stuck with its reliable rocker.

"I don't care if they call it the chicken dance," Hunt said recently. "I'll show up."

In fact, the only time she wasn't at the fundraiser was last year, when DCAP opted for a trivia night. A blues band and dancing didn't quite fit into the lineup.

But this year, the fundraiser goes back to its roots: Hunt and dancing, along with a Mardi Gras theme, on Saturday at Liberty Hall.

Elena Ivanov, DCAP executive director, said Hunt's return is by popular demand.

"The participation over the past 16 years from Kelley Hunt has made this one of the most anticipated events that DCAP sponsors," Ivanov said.

Hunt says the fundraiser gives her a great excuse to come home. Her career often takes her on the road, whether it's touring or finishing her upcoming CD, "Mercy," or acting in and co-scoring a movie. She wrote the title song to Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Wilmott's new film, "Bunker Hill," and also had a small acting role.

"In the last few years, where I've been gone so much, to be wanted or to be looked forward to, that's been real nice for me," Hunt said. "There's nothing like home."

Hunt said she heard from fans who missed seeing her at the fundraiser last year. She said this year's performance promises to make up for missing a year.

"My whole band's flying in," Hunt said. "And look out, man. We'll be there 125 percent."

Proceeds from the dance will help DCAP fund case management, prevention education and free HIV testing.

Comments

justfornow 6 years, 2 months ago

RalphReed (Ralph Reed) says:

STRS. Your hatred towards DCAP is highly offensive, especially to me. I've lost two cousins to AIDS. One contracted it from a blood transfusion during an operation, and the other contracted it while working in a trauma center. They were both fine people and would take pity on you for your vile hatred; I find that hard to do. We donate to DCAP every year and will continue to do so as long as we're able. So, please, go crawl back under the rock from which you came.


I'm me. Who are you behind your hood of anonymity?

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Ralph Reed 6 years, 2 months ago

justfornow (Anonymous) writes: " 'So, please, go crawl back under the rock from which you came' Excellent reply Ralph, concise and to the point."


jfn. Please go back and read my posts before you comment next time. You'll see that this time I was simply quoting what you wrote. Nothing else.


I'm me. Who are you behind your hood of anonymity?

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Steve Jacob 6 years, 2 months ago

STRS, what's wrong with people in drag, and why should you (or anyone) care.

DCAP sounds like a fine place.

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lawrence_drivers_are_crap 6 years, 2 months ago

Kelly must have dumped Al Birman, what a prick. And look at those TITTAYS !!!! F YOU L URINAL WORLD

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justfornow 6 years, 2 months ago

b3 (Anonymous) says:

If you don't want AIDS don't sleep around, simple as that. AIDS could be easily eliminated if people would try acting civilized and not like animals.

b3, Having relations is fun and it feels GOOD, why when I was younger, if a suitor took me to dinner or bought me flowers, I would have relation with them and sometimes I would have relation just to have relations.

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justfornow 6 years, 2 months ago

'So, please, go crawl back under the rock from which you came'

Excellent reply Ralph, concise and to the point.

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Ralph Reed 6 years, 2 months ago

justfornow (Anonymous) writes: " 'So, please, go crawl back under the rock from which you came' Hey Ralph shut your pie-hole, STRS doesnt like DCAP, so what, it's nothing personal against your cousins, he was just stating his opinion."


Excellent reply jfn, concise and to the point. However, keep in mind I was simply stating my opinion also (not anonymously either). Am I not allowed to do that? His hatred is offensive to me and I stated so. I implied that hatred like that can only come from some deep, dark place. Should I have been more explicit?


I'm me. Who are you behind your hood of anonymity?

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mmiller 6 years, 2 months ago

Kelley is an incredibly talented musician!!! I got the pleasure of meeting her and seeing her perform at the 2007 Governor's Arts Awards in Topeka. AWESOME, AWESOME. She has such a unique sound. Rock on Kel! Kelley was a recipient at the GAA by the way!!!!

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b3 6 years, 2 months ago

If you dont want AIDS dont sleep around, simple as that. AIDS could be easily eliminated if people would try acting civilized and not like animals.

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justfornow 6 years, 2 months ago

Now George is doing what he accuses STRS of doing. Can you say hypocrite.

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George_Braziller 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow. "Pie-hole"? Now that was a snappy retort. Doesn't change the fact that "Setting The Record Straight" is a trolling jackass.

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justfornow 6 years, 2 months ago

"So, please, go crawl back under the rock from which you came"

Hey Ralph shut your pie-hole, STRS doesnt like DCAP, so what, it's nothing personal against your cousins, he was just stating his opinion.

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Ralph Reed 6 years, 2 months ago

STRS. Your hatred towards DCAP is highly offensive, especially to me. I've lost two cousins to AIDS. One contracted it from a blood transfusion during an operation, and the other contracted it while working in a trauma center. They were both fine people and would take pity on you for your vile hatred; I find that hard to do. We donate to DCAP every year and will continue to do so as long as we're able. So, please, go crawl back under the rock from which you came.


I'm me. Who are you behind your hood of anonymity?

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FormerCentralKansan 6 years, 2 months ago

"Wow like that cleavage, nice."

I'll co-sign that.

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moveforward 6 years, 2 months ago

oooo - maybe Al will show. I think he owes me money.

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justfornow 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow like that cleavage, nice.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 2 months ago

SettingTheRecordStraight doesn't have any chance of getting AIDS at least from sex. No one straight or gay would want such a jerk.

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DonnieDarko 6 years, 2 months ago

My stomach turns, too...everytime I see a post from "SettingTheRecordStraight" (and I'm sure he would like EVERYONE to emphasize the "straight" part, because he sure ain't no queer...or is he?). This idiot on a regular basis comes up with some of the most vile, putrid and baseless hate-mongering (usually limited to a couple fact-free sentences) that this website has ever seen.

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George_Braziller 6 years, 2 months ago

Seems like you're really obsessed on these two "points." You keep throwing this out over, and over, and over, and over, and . . .


"SettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says:

At least this fundraiser isn't a drag show or a Madonna-themed condom give away. Does anyone even take DCAP seriously?"

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SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 2 months ago

And my stomach turns at what this year's Mardi Gras theme will bring out.

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OrangeCat5 6 years, 2 months ago

"DCAP is all about drag shows and condom contests sponsored by Madonna. I don't make this stuff up."

In all of the years DCAP has been around, didn't they do that kind of promotion, like, ONCE?

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SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 2 months ago

DCAP is all about drag shows and condom contests sponsored by Madonna. I don't make this stuff up.

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Confrontation 6 years, 2 months ago

STRS, you are such a sad individual. DCAP is one of the few non-profits in town that truly makes a difference. Obviously, you were denied entrance as a performer at the drag show, and now you're trying to bash the program. Get your skirt on and hit Mass Street if you want attention. Every time there's an article about DCAP, you respond with false information about the Madonna condoms. Why don't you target a less-deserving non-profit, such as the ones who promote puppies over humans.

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OrangeCat5 6 years, 2 months ago

Awesome! I love any chance to see Kelley Hunt, but the DCAP fundraiser is always a great time. Hey, a drag show sounds like fun, too! It would be a great night if there were both options!

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SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 2 months ago

At least this fundraiser isn't a drag show or a Madonna-themed condom give away. Does anyone even take DCAP seriously?

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