Celebrity Waiters Dinner to Raise Funds for School Programs

Preparations for tomorrows festivities are coming to a close. (photo by: Kyle Hladky)
Preparations for tomorrow’s Celebrity Waiters Dinner festivities are coming to a close. This year’s event will celebrate TV sitcoms while raising funds for scholarships and a variety of school programs. (photo by: Kyle Hladky)

(COVINGTON,La) — On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the campus renown Celebrity Waiters Dinner will take place in the Briggs Assembly Center for the 16th year in a row, courtesy of the St. Paul’s Renaissance Board.

The evening will begin with a “cocktail hour” from 6-7 p.m. that will consist of heavy hors d’oeuvres that will be passed between tables, and an open bar. At this hour, Smoked Salmon, Dill Crème, French Crepes, Duck Confit, Phylo, Spiced Stone Fruit Chutney, Prosciutto, Fig, Valdeon, Caramelized Onion Flatbread, St. Agur Bleu Mousse, Gingersnap, and Candied Walnuts will all be served courtesy of Dakota Restaurant’s catering service.

At 7 p.m., following the invocation, the national anthem, and a testimony from someone who has benefited from tuition assistance provided by the proceeds of previous dinners, the main entrée will be served. Also provided by Dakota Restaurant, Roasted Pecan Dirty Rice Stuffed Quail complemented with Creole Succotash will be consumed during this hour. Subsequent to the main entrée, Buttermilk Pound Cakes embellished by Lemon Crème and fresh blueberries will function as dessert.

At around 8 p.m., the Briggs Assembly Center will transform into a live auction center. Notable items likely to lure in high bids include:

  • An autographed basketball given by the record breaking 2015-16 basketball team
  • A trip to San Francisco (includes a hot air balloon ride over wineries and wine tastings)
  • A dinner served by Brother Ray (catered by Dakota Restaurant)

Following the close of the auction, an award ceremony will crown victors for categories like best costume, best decorated table, and best celebrity waiter.

As always, the Celebrity Waiters dinner will have a unique theme. This year, the theme will be “television sitcoms” encouraging participants in the dinner to arrive dressed as characters from their favorite comedic TV show.

Of course, all of these festivities are put on to raise money for various school programs. Most are not disappointed as to where there money is spent, given that some of the profits of this night go towards sustaining the St. Paul’s Tuition Assistance Program. This program helps promising, but underfunded, individuals to enjoy all SPS has to offer, exhibiting the Lasallian core principle of conducting an inclusive community.

Proceeds have also helped fund a variety of extracurricular activities, classroom needs, and faculty continuing education.

For more information, contact Development Director Danielle Lavie.


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