Celebrity waiters serving a cause

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tribune photos by Clint Confehr Marshall County Realtor Grover Collins (aka Chef Grover) pours a beverage for guests including County Commissioner Sheldon Davis, left, and Collin's wife, Peggy, right.

From staff reports

More than $3,600 was raised for cancer research as a result of the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon of Marshall County held Thursday in the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

It was at the second Celebrity Waiter Luncheon of Marshall County benefiting Relay for Life, a fundraising program to underwrite cancer research programs and services, according to Harriett Stewart, a staff partner for the community representatives here.

"I have enjoyed it," Realtor Grover Collins said when he could stop for his own lunch as Lewisburg Gas Department spokesman Craig Blackwell started the auction to sell table centerpieces.

Celebrity waiters provided a centerpiece and eight guests per table. They were to advise guests that they should bring cash for tips, but not everybody got the message.

"We had IOUs on the table," Stewart reported the next day, explaining: "We tell the waiter 'If you know the person, take the IOU and we'll send an invoice.'"

The celebrity wait staff wore aprons with pockets and before dessert was served cash could be seen poking up from the pockets.

"It looks like I've been bribed," Lewisburg Mayor Barbara Woods said, "but I don't know what for."

One major contributor covered all the expenses for the event.

"That way we could tell our teams that all the money they raised goes to the mission," Stewart said.

Chicken, plastic ware, tea, food preparation time, salad and vegetables were also donated.

With 14 volunteers and 104 people at 13 tables, Stewart estimates participation was at least 118. Funds raised from sponsored tables ranged from $134 to $690.

Now, volunteers are preparing for the June 15 Relay for Life at the Marshall County Ag Expo Center. It starts at 7 p.m. that Friday.