110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Sep 4, 2013 - 8:01:47am
Picture this: a gourmet meal served by celebrity waiters who will also provide an evening's entertainment in the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse, for only $20 — plus tips.
The Council on Aging's Celebrity Waiter dinner will bring all that to West Volusia Thursday, Sept. 12. Tickets are available now online and in The Beacon's Downtown DeLand newspaper office.
The dinner will begin with a 6 p.m. reception and seating will begin about 6:30 p.m. A cash bar will be open, and the celebrity waiters will perform various, possibly embarrassing, feats to earn tips.
The fun is all about raising money to give low-income senior citizens access to the services of the Council on Aging, such as in-home care and respite for caregivers.
Encore Catering will dish up a deluxe, full-course meal with all the frills. The celebrity waiters include DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka, DeBary Mayor Bob Garcia, Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk, Florida House representatives Dwayne Taylor and David Santiago, Volusia County School Board Member Candace Lankford, Charles Matousek of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Director Nick Conte of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Beacon's own publisher, Barb Shepherd. Apgar and Conte are co-chairing the event.
None of the waiters will be taking themselves seriously during the gig. They will, however, be susceptible to bribes — singing and dancing and otherwise entertaining guests for additional donations to the Council on Aging.
"The whole idea is to have fun," Council on Aging organizer Cathy Coates said.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization's programs, including Meals-On-Wheels. The Council on Aging's mission is to promote healthy, independent living for older residents.
Community sponsors are covering costs to make the dinner a go. They include Bright House Networks, Morgan Stanley, Halifax Health Hospice, Surety Bank, Encore Catering and The West Volusia Beacon.
The meal alone is probably worth twice the $20 ticket price, Coates said. Plus, a pre-event tip package is available for $50, which covers the meal plus $40 worth of tip money.
Tips, she said, are "the preferred currency of the evening's fun."
To get tickets, stop in at The Beacon offices at 110 W. New York Ave. in DeLand, or go online to www.coavolusia.org/AboutUs/Events.aspx.
For more information, call Coates at 386-253-4700, ext. 250.
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