Steve Reynolds, right, and son Parker, enjoy the dinner at this year’s Celebrity Waiter event Monday at David’s Catfish House.
Steve Reynolds, right, and son Parker, enjoy the dinner at this year’s Celebrity Waiter event Monday at David’s Catfish House.

Relay to cash in on waiter event

Published 10:40pm Tuesday, March 12, 2013

First National Bank & Trust raised more than $9,000 for the Atmore Area Relay for Life with Monday night’s Celebrity Waiter fundraiser.

The event, held at David’s Catfish, is expected to bring in more than $10,000, despite a smaller turnout and fewer servers than in years past.

“The highest it has been since I’ve been here is just over $10,000,” said FNB&T Vice President of Marketing and Customer Relations Rene Godwin. “I feel confident we’ll hit $10,000 this year.”

Godwin called it a “banner year” for the event.

“I can’t express enough how wonderful it feels,” she said.

She thanked the servers, David’s Catfish employees and FNB&T employees for their hard work, calling the latter group a “well-oiled machine.”

“They worked so well together,” Godwin said. “They plated the food, got it out and got it organized.”

Ben Odom, of Johnson Ford, was the server who raised the most money in tips with over $1,600. This eclipses the previous record of $1,510 set by Lisa Swift.

“We had a great quality group of waiters,” Godwin said. “They were willing to step up for this.”

Heath Ward, of Bama Bottom Farms, won for the best decorated table with an Easter theme. Tim Ramer, of PCI gaming, was runner-up with a Spain theme.

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