Celebrity waiters serving up some cookin’ for Relay
by By JOYANNA LOVE Banner Staff Writer
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LOCAL CELEBRITIES will serve during an event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Participating are, from left, Ginger Gobble, Jonathan Cantrell, Traci Hamilton, Jeff Yarber, Donna Geren Kaylor, Stan Clark, Janet Conley, Jim Bilbo and Eric Watson. Not available for the photo were Phil Conley, Jim and Doris Burns, Amy Reedy, Jimmy Logan, Tony Pharr, Chuck Atchley and Ed Ramsey.  Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
LOCAL CELEBRITIES will serve during an event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Participating are, from left, Ginger Gobble, Jonathan Cantrell, Traci Hamilton, Jeff Yarber, Donna Geren Kaylor, Stan Clark, Janet Conley, Jim Bilbo and Eric Watson. Not available for the photo were Phil Conley, Jim and Doris Burns, Amy Reedy, Jimmy Logan, Tony Pharr, Chuck Atchley and Ed Ramsey. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
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Some local celebrities and others passionate about ending cancer are teaming up for Bradley County’s Celebrity Waiter fundraiser Friday.

The fundraiser will serve as a way to raise additional monies for this fiscal year’s campaign.

Angela Mathis, senior community representative for the American Cancer Society, said the fundraiser is being hosted by the Guardian Home Care Relay for Life team.

“We know celebrity waiter has been done by other organizations over the years, but this is the first one we’ve done here,” Mathis said.

She said the fundraiser has been successful in surrounding counties.

Mathis said organizers hope to raise $5,000 through the event. A similar event recently held in Athens brought in $4,000.

The Cleveland event will be held at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church at 7 p.m. A three-course barbecue dinner will be served.

Tickets are available by table or individually. Individual tickets are $25. To buy all eight seats at a table is $200.

“Right now we have 15 waiters. Our goal is to have 20,” Mathis said.

Celebrity waiter Janet Conley has built a team of four to serve her table, bringing the number of individuals committed to serve to 18.

The Relay team still hopes to find waiters for five more tables.

Tips will add to the money raised throughout the night.

“Those people at the table will then tip them for things such as silverware, or a napkin or a drink, and in addition to that they will tip them to entertain them, so they may ask them to juggle or to sing a song or to dance,” Mathis said.

Those wanting to attend can request a specific waiter, if that person’s table is not already full, Mathis said.

Celebrity waiter Traci Hamilton said she has already secured backup singers to help her out if she is asked to sing.

Hamilton said her table will have an Atlanta Braves theme. She chose the theme of the popular baseball team because she thought it would be a fun way to get people excited about the event.

“Its a great way to raise money for Relay,” Hamilton said.

Celebrity waiter Chuck Atchley said his table’s theme will be related to firefighting. He said he wanted to participate because he has had friends who lost their battle with cancer.

Both waiters were still deciding on their outfits for the event.

Certificates will be awarded for the most creative table theme, best dressed waiter/waitress, most talented and “most likely to succeed.”

Awards will also be given to the table with the most spirit and the one that raises the most tips.

The Relay for Life committee is hoping the fundraiser becomes an annual event.

“I’m sure it will grow,” Mathis said.

A silent auction is also being held during the event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 423-855-2778, ext. 0.