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His royal highness … Everyone’s friend Brad Klein, by channeling Elvis at the Mr. Habitat 2011 competition, won the crown. His first costume was as Elvis in white, and the second Elvis costume was in black and silver — with blue suede shoes! First runner up with his beer-can tool belt was Clark Winslow, and coming in second and third were Ronnie Ramirez and Mike Blueitt. People’s Choice award went to Kevin Steele. Also working their stuff on stage were Gordon Williams, Chuck King, James Johnson and Shane Howard.

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I’m too sexy for my clothes … In the name of fundraising (or is that fun-raising?) nine generous gentleman will vie for the title of Mr. Habitat 2011. Our divine diva Barbara Quinn will emcee, making sure the audience is aware of all of the contestants’ attributes as she keeps the show moving along. It all happens Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Rockin’ A Café. Plan to attend as you support your favorite Habitat guy — Clark Winslow, Mike Blueitt, Gordon Williams, Shane Howard, Kevin Steele, James Johnson, Ronnie Ramirez, Chuck King and Brad Klein.

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Beaumont has heart … Saturday night, Feb. 12, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel, the third annual Golden Triangle Heart Ball was held in a packed house. The 2011 Heart Ball — “I Left My Heart in San Francisco: A Golden Gate Affair” was chaired by Christina Delgadillo.

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Dazzling debs ... Feted at a slew of stellar parties over the last several months, the 2010 Symphony League of Beaumont presented the 21 beautiful debutants at the 49th Debutant Ball at the Beaumont Country Club this past Saturday evening. The BCC was decorated from floor to ceiling - Who would expect anything less from ball chair Nicole Saba? - and debs, escorts, family and friends were truly impressed.

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I spy ... Friends of the Triangle AIDS Network will host "Paint the Town Red: Shaken, Not Stirred" on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Beaumont Country Club. The gala - featuring art, auctions, entertainment, dancing and fine dining - is the major annual fundraiser to benefit TAN. This year, an "Evening of International Intrigue" will play homage to James Bond and other famed spies, sleuths and secret agents. Festivities begin with a champagne reception, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 7:15 p.m.

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