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Celebrity Waiter Night to be held May 13

April 13, 2019

For 25 years, Celebrity Waiter Night has been an Aiken tradition. As the only fundraiser for Children’s Place Inc.’s therapeutic childcare program, this event ensures the children it serves can receive much-needed physical, occupational, speech and play therapy, as well as mental health counseling.

This year’s event will be held May 13 at participating restaurants.

During Celebrity Waiter Night, volunteer “celebrity waiters” serve their friends, family and co-workers. Funds raised are generated through corporate sponsorships, tips from diners during the event and raffle ticket purchases for a pair of diamond earrings from Floyd & Green Jewelers.

All tips and raffle ticket purchases during Celebrity Waiter Night are tax-deductible.

A United Way of Aiken County agency, the mission of Children’s Place is to protect, heal and strengthen children and families from the impact of trauma through education, treatment and prevention services. Children’s Place serves children and families from Aiken and other South Carolina counties.

“There is a direct connection between the money raised during Celebrity Waiter Night and the number of children and families we can help,” said Executive Director Peggy Ford. “The children and families we serve are future employees, your neighbors, co-workers, and vital members of our community. Helping children and families heal and grow not only gives them hope for the future, but it makes our community stronger.”

Celebrity Waiter Night has grown from a two-restaurant fundraiser that generated $3,000 in its first year to a community-wide event that provides funding of around $100,000 toward the $2.3 million annual budget.

“It’s hard to believe this will be our 24th year,” said Celebrity Waiter Night Co-Chair Kelly Ingram. “Year after year, we are amazed by the generosity of our sponsors, the commitment and hard work of our waiters, and the wonderful support from this community.”

Last year, the event raised $101,696 to support Children’s Place.

This year’s dinner on May 13 will feature restaurants such as: The Alley Downtown Taproom, Betsy’s Round the Corner, Casa Bella, Grumpy’s Sports Pub, Malia’s, Mellow Mushroom, Newberry Hall, The Red Pepper, Tailgate Tavern, The Village Café and Whiskey Alley.

This year’s celebrity waiter teams include groups from Aiken High School, Aiken Standard, Clemson Women’s Alumni Council, Centerra-SRS, and more.

Diane Daniell, sales and special project manager of Aiken Standard, is waiting tables with her team on the downstairs level of Betsy’s Round the Corner. “I have been involved with or attended Celebrity Waiter for at least the last ten years,” said Daniell. “I am excited to be on the other side this year and looking forward to serving.”

Reservations are required for some participating restaurants. For more information, contact Children’s Place at 803-641-4144 or the participating restaurant of your choice. Restaurant information and menus will also be available on the Children’s Place Facebook page and at childrensplaceinc.org.