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Child Care to benefit again from Celebrity Waiter Dinner & Auction

September 10, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction benefitting

Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc.

A dozen local celebrities have signed up so far to be celebrity waiters at the event, which has been called the

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Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah earned the “2011 Most Appreciated Waiter” award last year for
generating the most tips.

wackiest, most entertaining social event of the season by experienced social scene watchers.

The fun begins at the Harborside Events Center in downtown Fort Myers with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed

by dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 22,. Individual tickets are $100 and may be

purchased by calling 278-1002 or visiting the website at

More than $40,000 was raised at last year's event with funds going to support the mission of the agency and to

provide scholarships for low-income children to receive child care in the six centers operated by Child Care of

Southwest Florida, Inc.

Ted Fitzgeorge, best known as the voice of the Fort Myers Miracle for 10 years, and Auctioneer Jean Baer will

share duties as master and mistress of ceremonies.

Celebrity waiters confirmed so far include Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah who is defending his title as

the 2011 "Most Appreciated Waiter" for raising the most tips; Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott; Fort Myers

Mayor Randy Henderson; Harborside Events Center Manager Rose Rundle; David Plazas of The News-Press

Media Group; Downtown Diva Stephanie Davis; Bob Beville, sales manager of Waterman Broadcasting; Lisa

Cronin of CCMI; Lucy Costa of Promotional Incentives; Steve Bowen of Stephen R. Bowen Construction;

Brenda Barnes of the Hendry County Health Department; Bob Gaydes of Digital Benefits Advisors; Debbie

Jordan of Hotel Indigo; John Miller of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt; Don Molloy and Bob Sheehan,

both of Fort Myers Rotary Club.

At a celebrity waiter dinner, guests ask the celebrity waiter at their table to serve their meals and perform "extra

duties" in exchange for additional tips. The waiter who collects the most tips from his/her table wins the

coveted 2012 "Most Appreciated Celebrity Waiter Award."

The evening also will feature both silent and live auction items including vacation packages, jewelry, tickets to

sporting events, and much more.

Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality

child care services throughout Southwest Florida. The agency provides child care for children from infancy

through age eight at its six child care centers in Lee and Hendry counties. In addition, it offers training for early

childhood professionals, and administers the federal food program for eligible centers and family child care

homes throughout Southwest Florida. The agency must rely on generous donations and volunteer efforts from

members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a

difference to low-income children. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., is a United Way agency.

For more information about Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., or the Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner

and Auction, please call Linda McNabb at 278-1002 or visit



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