Wednesday’s Celebrity Waiter raised $80,000 for the Boys & Girls Club. The event was held at the V.N. Hall in Abbeville.
Successful year for Celebrity Waiter in Abbeville
For one night each year, the Boys & Girls Club’s Celebrity Waiter is a fun event enjoyed by many in the community.
In regard to the rest of the year, that one night helps the Boys & Girls Club Rodney Unit in Abbeville serve a vital role in the community.
“Our focus each year is to raise as much money as we can for the local club,” said Brian Ford, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana.
Wednesday night’s 24th Annual Celebrity Waiter, held at the V.N. Hall in Abbeville, did well on that front. The event raised $80,000, all of which goes to fund the Rodney Unit in Abbeville.
“It’s exciting to see that the community continues to be more and more involved,” Ford said. “They continue to appreciate and understand the importance of having the Boys & Girls Club in their community, to help grow the youth who are eventually going to become the people leading the city.”
The support has been strong in recent years. Not only did this year’s event raise $10,000 more than 2016, it doubled five years ago. The event also sold a record 50 tables. That has taken place in the midst of the downturn in the oil and gas industry.
“While people may not have the resources to give as much as they like,” Ford said, “they are still willing to be generous and give what they can.
“That they are doing that is so meaningful.”
Ford said the last thing that will be told to kids is that the economy has affected how the Boys & Girls Club can reach them.
“A child doesn’t know or probably understand that the economy is good or bad,” Ford said. “All the child knows is that their needs need to be met. They need to have a place to go for someone to help them with their homework and be safe.
“Those children need that, no matter what the economy is doing.”
Ford offered a special thank you to those who help make Celebrity Waiter go. That includes members of the Kiwanis Club of Abbeville and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball and softball teams, who served as the waiters. He also thanked the Gold level sponsors, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Elder Outreach, Gulf Coast Bank, Coastal Chemical, Iberia Bank, Rotolo’s Pizza, Amerigroup and Acadian Ambulance.
“Ray Chevrolet was our presenting sponsor,” Ford said. “We don’t always have that. Again, slow economy and they stepped up as a presenting sponsor.”
Sheriff Couvillion said his office will continue to strongly support this great event.
“The 2017 Celebrity Waiter Event was another great year,” Couvillon said. “It is refreshing to see a lot of the same faces each year as they continue to support this wonderful program here in Vermilion Parish. To all those who buy tables, attend the event ever year and to all the many businesses who donate auction items and supplies, all of you have become our partners as we share the success of this fundraiser and stand united on a commitment to provide a safe place for children to join, learn and grow. My sincere thanks goes out to the Boys & Girls Club committee who work so hard each year to make this event successful. Over the years we have seen this fundraiser grow significantly, a testament to the unwavering support for the Boys and Girls Club, year after year. I would like to personally thank my Chief Deputy, Colonel Kirk J Frith and the entire team of the Boys and Girls Club for volunteering so much time each year toward this event and its success.”