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June 7, 2014

Celebrity Waiter event coming

Athens — The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake will be 'Under The Big Top' at the 18th Annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser event.

Plans for the 'Largest Party' in Henderson County are well underway.  Plans are taking shape for this major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.

The venue again this year will be Athens Country Club. Save the date Saturday, Aug. 9. The committee has recruited a number of waiters, but can always use more.

Like in past years there is always a theme. This year, it will be  “Under The Big Top.”  If you want to come in costume, Co-Chairperson Andrea Pickens says, “You can dress in anything that that can be seen at a circus.” Talented local musician Lynn Groom will once again entertain the crowd.

The Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club is known for giving blinky items as gifts for attending the fundraiser. This year will be no different. Each person attending the event will receive a souvenir to take home.

Each year, the Rotary Club gets members of the community to be celebrity waiters to help raise money to benefit the  many projects the Cedar Creek Lake Club supports throughout the year.

Some of the local accomplishments the Rotary had in 2013 to 2014 were:  30 $500 college scholarships to students at Mabank, Eustace and Kemp; Clothes for Kids for students from Mabank;  books and dictionaries to students at Mabank, Kemp and Eustace; supported Ti-County Library and Library at Cedar Creek Lake; six students sent to Rotary leadership camp; donated to area food pantries; helped the Family Resource Center with projects, supported the food pantries, Labor of Love donation, Help Center received a grant. Mabank, Kemp and Malakoff Education Foundations each received money from the Rotary Club.

The Rotary distributed over $67,000 to the local community this past year. The Rotary Club can do this only with the community’s help.

The Rotary would like to be able to give that much back again this year. Celebrity Waiter is the major fundraiser for the Rotary.

Co-Chairpersons Andrea Pickens and Peggy Price said, “This is a big task to organize the 'Largest Party in Henderson County,' we need all the help we can get.”

Some of the waiters this year will be  Shirley Salmon,  Erin Osborn, Ed Reeves,  Robert Blaase, Mike Groom,   Ted Ingersol, Betty Heritage and Acie Mitchell. These are just a few of the waiters who have agreed to participate in the  2014 Celebrity Waiter fundraiser.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or have an item to donated for the live or silent auction, contact  Pickens, 903-887-2121 or Price 903-887-4477.

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