Celebrity waiters ready to serve

Published 8:44pm Friday, March 8, 2013

If you’d like to see Mayor Jim Staff serve the city in a different way, then an event Monday night may be too hard to pass up.

Staff will join other well-known locals for the 2013 Celebrity Waiter fundraising event for the Atmore area Relay for Life, sponsored by First National Bank and Trust at David’s Catfish.

Staff said he’s participated before, but looks forward to this year as well and has sold his allotment of tickets already.

“I enjoy it,” he said. “I always enjoy getting with everybody and it serves a good cause.”

After being identified and asked to participate in January, the celebrities were allotted at least 10 tickets each to sell for spots at their assigned tables. They will act as servers for those tables during the steak dinner Monday.

FNB&T Vice President of Marketing and Customer Relations Rene Godwin said it’s beneficial for servers to invite friends and others they know will tip well as more tips mean more money for Relay.

“They identify guests they know believe in the cause,” Godwin said.

Staff, who said he would use his experience waiting on his wife and grandchildren to carry him through Monday, believes hard work will mean better tips.

“It’s the way I feel when I’m at a restaurant,” he said. “If the service is good then I tip.”

The event will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour before dinner starts at 6,” Godwin said. John and Kathy Swift will prepare the steaks while staff at David’s will prepare cole slaw and baked potatoes.

The server with the best decorated table will earn $50, Godwin said.

“Some tables will have a theme,” she said. “They get pretty competitive. It’s a lot of fun.”

The server who picks up the most tips gets $100, although the cash prizes are usually given back to Relay, Godwin said.

Door prizes, including a grand prize 42-inch flat-panel television, donated by Audio Plus, will be awarded. Other door prizes were donated by: Atmore Florist, Central Farm Supply, Coley’s Petals and Parties, Country Charms, Jus’ Because, K9 Kleaners, Sherry’s Elegant Flowers,

The Coffee House and Ultimate Fitness.

Other celebrities participating in this year’s event include: Justin Beasley, of Justin Beasley Construction; Alan Bell, of Hudson Bell, LLC; Sharon Brown and Teresa Martin, of State Line Pawn Shop; Cereal Daniel and Jesse Wiggins, of Frontier Communications; Elliott Faircloth, of David’s Catfish; Becky Ganey, of Gulf Construction; Shane Hadley, of Baldwin Gulf Coast Pest Control; Ben Odom, of Johnson Ford; Tim Ramer, of PCI Gaming; Escambia County Commissioner Brandon Smith, Lou Vickery, and Heath Ward, of Bama Bottom Farms.

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