“Under the Big Top” grosses $75,000
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake held its 18th Annual Celebrity Waiter fundrasier Aug. 9 at the Athens Country Club.
Rotary Club members, along with more than 200 other community and business leaders, attended the event into the late evening hours, raising a record of more than $75,000.
Guests were treated to live music, a steak dinner, live and silent auctions and lots of opportunities to have fun, dance and socialize with friends and co-workers.
This year’s Celebrity Waiter theme was “Under the Big Top.” Rotary members and guests did not disappoint, showing up in full costume as various circus performers.
Many of them were just clowning around with big red noses and large floppy shoes.
One-of-a-kind costumes included a bearded lady, fortune teller and snake charmer.
The Athens Country Club was decked out with clown and circus-related balloons, streamers and decorations.
Rotary President Erin Osborn and Celebrity Waiter co-chair Andrea Pickens greeted guests with a small bag of cotton candy.
Tables were adorned with brightly colored bowls of gumballs, large suckers and a small box of popcorn.
Guests took advantage of the silent auction by bidding on various items such as golf bags, picnic baskets filled with goodies, paintings, a snow cone kit, glass vase, drill, massage gift certificates, free workouts at Better Body Basics in Seven Points and much more.
Live auction items included a United States Flag flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., a dove hunt for four, wooden wagon wheel rocking bench, a Big Green Egg cooker, a night at the Dallas Symphony with private guided tour of the Myerson Symphony Hall, a flight over Cedar Creek Lake, a BnR Grill Party Package, Maverick tickets, area rugs donated by Floors4U and much more.
The 2013 Celebrity Waiter raised more than $67,000 which supported community projects such as Klothes for Kids, Reading is Fundamental, Make a Difference Day and sending six students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp.
Community donations included $500 scholarships each to 30 students, $2,500 to Labor of Love, $6,000 to Mabank Area Good Samaritan Food Pantry, $250 to Eustace Toys for Tots, $250 to Kaufman County CrimeStoppers and many other worthy causes.
Individuals, community and business leaders are encouraged to join the Rotary Club at Cedar Creek Lake. Weekly meetings are on Fridays at noon.
For more information, call Rotary President Erin Osborn at (903) 887-7486.
More photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, August 21, 2014 issue of The Monitor.