APRIL 15, 2010 ISSUE

Celebrity Serve 2010 April 20

Eat Out, Benefit Watauga Education Foundation

Buzz Berry of Sqrambles Scuares participates in Celebrity Serve 2008 at Makoto’s. He will again take part in this year’s event, also at Makoto’s.

The fifth annual Celebrity Serve, where local celebrities wait tables at participating restaurants to raise money for a specified area nonprofit, will take place on Tuesday, April 20.

Twenty-four area restaurants will participate in this year’s Celebrity Serve, and proceeds will benefit the Watauga Education Foundation. Local celebrities include educators, administrators, community leaders from all sectors of the community and athletes, among others.

“By using local celebrities to serve at the local restaurants, it's a fun way for families, friends, co-workers, schools [and] church groups to dine together while giving back to the community,” said Gwen Dhing, owner of Makoto’s and event organizer.

“Around Celebrity Serve time, no matter where you are, you can hear folks asking, ‘Where are you going to eat on Celebrity Serve?’ I hope all the celebrities are telling all their friends, families, coworkers, students and fans to come out to the restaurant where they will be serving so they can raise a lot of money for Watauga Education Foundation,” Dhing said.

The Celebrity Serve began as a way to provide funding to High Country Health Care Hospice, and over the years, it has also benefited Hospitality House, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the High Country Soccer Association.

The event has raised more than $100,000 since it began.

Although it usually takes place in early April, the date was pushed back this year to lessen the chance of (another) snowy Celebrity Serve, in order to encourage more attendees, said Jack Pepper, owner of Pepper’s Restaurant and event organizer.

In conjunction with Celebrity Serve, a Reading Writing Raffle will take place. Don’t forget to buy tickets for a chance to win a $3,000 cash prize. BB&T, High Country Bank, United Community Bank, First Citizens Bank, Wachovia/Wells Fargo and the Watauga Education Foundation sponsor the raffle.

For more information about Celebrity Serve, call Pepper’s Restaurant at 828-262-1250 or Makoto’s at 828-264-7976.

For more information about the Watauga Education Foundation, click to www.wefnc.org or call 828-268-1273.

Participating Restaurants and Celebrity Servers