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Celebrity Waiter Dinner to be held Feb. 23

Posted: January 14, 2013 11:25 a.m.
Updated: January 14, 2013 11:25 a.m.

Plans are currently underway for the SCV Senior Center's popular Celebrity Waiter Dinner, organized this year by an all-volunteer committee co-chaired by Peggy Rasmussen and Greg Nutter. This year's event is planned for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Hyatt Valencia.

This year's theme is “Beyond the Sea,” and guests are invited to come in costumes related to the theme. Table hosts will decorate their tables and invite up to 10 guests. Each table will have a “celebrity waiter”–a celebrity arranged by the committee, a celebrity selected by the table host, or a member of the table host's own organization. Tables and waiters will be competing for three prizes: Best Decorated, Best Theme (which includes guest costumes) and Favorite Waiter (the table which brings in the most “tips” and/or donations.

This year, guests are being encouraged to contact their friends, family and social networking contacts to ask for small donations to support the senior center's many programs for local senior citizens. Those donations can then be converted to scrip , which is used to pay waiters for special services or to perform outrageous stunts and to count toward the Favorite Waiter title. While many large donors in the community have been affected by the slow economy, the personal approach is expected to draw many smaller donations and encourage more people to support the senior center.

A number of volunteer committee members have agreed to take over various parts of the Celebrity Waiter program. Attorney Bill Lively, who has performed at a number of past events, is working with Canyon Theatre Guild to provide live entertainment that fits the "Beyond the Sea" theme.

Volunteer committee member Tom Schmidt and his subcommittee are soliciting unique live auction items, which will be offered for sale the night of the event. Celebrity waiters are being coordinated by committee members Michele Delcros and Tracy Hauser.

Emphasis is currently on obtaining a number of table hosts, with table sponsorships running from $1,250-$5,000. Various table sponsor levels include VIP seating, wine or champagne at the table, recognition at the event and on the senior center's website and other perks. All table sponsorships include a table for 10 guests. Individual guest tickets will be $100.

Proceeds from the Celebrity Waiter Dinner support such senior programs as home delivered meals, respite day care, classes, fitness programs and much more. Local residents interested in table sponsorships, auction donations, or individual ticket sales can contact Lisa at the Senior Center, 259-9444 or check the Senior Center's website at


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