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Yes, they're actually waiters

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Peoples Bank president and rocker Mike Rittenberry serves lunch to his mother, Ardis Rittenberry, during Tuesday's Celebrity Waiter luncheon, benefitting the American Cancer Society.
(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
What do hippies, hula dancers and home builders have in common?

Answer: They all served lunch at the third annual Celebrity Waiter luncheon, held Tuesday at the Blue Ribbon Circle to benefit Relay For Life.

A representative for each businesses or organization who sponsored the event also donated their talents -- or not -- by making a career change for the day and waiting tables.

"We had to do a lot of serving ourself!" laughed Jay Pope, teasing his friend and celebrity waiter Wilbert Nelson.

"I apologize, I have never done this in my life," said Pat Peller, another waiter for the lively event, to his table.

The luncheon was all in fun spirit as the Bedford County community rallied to support the Relay, and consequently the American Cancer Society.

While waiters dressed in all sorts of fun costumes ranging from Hawaiian dancers to pirates focused on serving up hot and fresh cheese bread, green salads and chicken piccata, auctioneers got the crowd revved up and bidding on a wide variety of items. Bob Parks' auction team consisted of Stan Vaught, Dale Nichols, Randy Ward, Todd Davidson, Russ Uselton and Jim Thomas.

Normally, the auction is held after lunch. This year, in an effort to keep the luncheon to a one-hour limit, it was held during lunch.

Nearly 20 businesses and organizations sponsored the event by purchasing tables and donating to the auction, including Tyson Foods, Heritage Jewelers, Wholesale Paint, the county mayor's office, Heritage Medical Center, Shelbyville Central High School Cheerleading, Traders Bank, Elite Physical Therapy, Cooper Steel, Duck River Electric Membership Corp., First Community Bank, Bob Parks Realty, Peoples Bank, the Times-Gazette, Dabora, Inc., Blankenship United Methodist Church, World of Games and Heritage South Community Credit Union.

"Thank you all so much," said Brent Patterson, co-chair of the Bob Parks Realty-sponsored event. "And I'm sure we've got some survivors in the audience who'd like to thank you, too."

Where does the money go?

According to the American Cancer Society, last year, Tennessee raised $8.6 million through Relay For Life. The ACS spent $10.3 million in research in the state of Tennessee for the same year.

The ACS is committed to 22 researchers in the state of Tennessee alone.

Last year, 98 Bedford County residents received 208 direct patient services from the American Cancer Society. Six Bedford County residents spent 69 free nights at the Hope Lodge in Nashville.

Other services offered include transportation grants, college scholarships, free wigs and Camp Horizon for kids with cancer.

For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or go to www.relayforlife.org/bedfordtn.

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