Fourth Annual Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction
Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction benefitting Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. A dozen local celebrities have signed up so far to be celebrity waiters at the event, which has been called the wackiest, most entertaining social event of the season by experienced social scene watchers. The fun begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 22, at the Harborside Events Center in downtown Fort Myers. Individual tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling 278-1002 or visiting the website at www.ccswfl.org. “We never know what our celebrity waiters are going to do to earn tips from the patrons at their tables. We’ve seen everything from singing and dancing to worming across the floor and telling fortunes,” said Child Care Development Director Linda McNabb. “One thing I can guarantee is that everybody will laugh and have a great time.” More than $40,000 was raised at last year’s event with funds going to support the mission of the agency and to provide scholarships for low-income children to receive child care in the six centers operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. Ted Fitzgeorge, best known as the voice of the Fort Myers Miracle for 10 years, and Auctioneer Jean Baer will share duties as master and mistress of ceremonies. Celebrity waiters confirmed so far include Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah who is defending his title as the 2011 “Most Appreciated Waiter” for raising the most tips; Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott; Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson; Harborside Events Center Manager Rose Rundle; David Plazas of The News-Press Media Group; Downtown Diva Stephanie Davis; Bob Beville, sales manager of Waterman Broadcasting; Lisa Cronin of CCMI; Lucy Costa of Promotional Incentives; Steve Bowen of Stephen R. Bowen Construction; Brenda Barnes of the Hendry County Health Department; Bob Gaydes of Digital Benefits Advisors; Debbie Jordan of Hotel Indigo; John Miller of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt; Don Molloy and Bob Sheehan, both of Fort Myers Rotary Club. At a celebrity waiter dinner, guests ask the celebrity waiter at their table to serve their meals and perform “extra duties” in exchange for additional tips. The waiter who collects the most tips from his/her table wins the coveted 2012 “Most Appreciated Celebrity Waiter Award.” The evening also will feature both silent and live auction items including vacation packages, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, and much more. “And we will have some priceless artwork created by the children in our centers,” said Beth Lobdell, executive director of Child Care of Southwest Florida. “We want everyone to have fun, enjoy a scrumptious meal and be generous in their tips to help support our kids.” Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality child care services throughout Southwest Florida. The agency provides child care for children from infancy through age eight at its six child care centers in Lee and Hendry counties. In addition, it offers training for early childhood professionals, and administers the federal food program for eligible centers and family child care homes throughout Southwest Florida. The agency must rely on generous donations and volunteer efforts from members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a difference to low-income children. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., is a United Way agency. For more information about Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., or the Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction, please call Linda McNabb at 278-1002 or visit www.ccswfl.org.
Harborside Events Center
1375 Monroe St, Fort Myers, FL 33901