Those wanting to dine out in Aiken can do so while also supporting a local non-profit on Monday.
Children’s Place Inc. an agency that helps children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma in their lives, is holding Celebrity Waiter Night for the 23 year on Monday, May 7.
A press release about the event says it “provides funding of around $100,000 toward the $2,300,000 budget needed annually.”
The event raises funds through tips and raffle ticket sales for a pair of Forevermark diamond stud earrings from Floyd & Green Jewelers, the press release says, and this years fundraising goal for Celebrity Waiter Night is $100,000.
Local celebrities act as waiters at each participating restaurant.
Tips and raffle sales are both tax deductible.
“This event raises the money necessary to keep our much-needed services going,” said Kelly Ingram, Celebrity Waiter Night Co-Chair, in the release, “Our programs are at capacity, so we need these funds even more than in years before.”
Restaurants that are participating are The Alley Taproom, Casa Bella, Grumpy’s Sports Pub, Highland Park Grille, Newberry Hall, Mellow Mushroom, the Restaurant at The Willcox, Takosushi, Trio Bar and Kitchen, and Whiskey Bar and Kitchen.
“The Aiken community is so generous,” said Peggy Ford, Executive Director of Children’s Place Inc. in the release. “Thanks to the support of hundreds of people annually, this fun night with friends gives us the opportunity to not only raise necessary funds, but also share our work with the community.”
The release says Children’s Place offers therapeutic childcare, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health therapy nd three meals a day for the 140 children it serves.
Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.