The 8th Annual Celebrity Waiters (CW) event on Oct. 29 reflects the generous and altruistic spirit of Tift County. Many a talented and giving soul grabbed an oar and pulled together to reach the evening’s goal.
210 CW patrons enjoyed perfect steak dinners at the two CW venues, Jim Scott’s Barn and LongHorn Steakhouse. Hats off to Manager Chris Miller and staff at Longhorn’s and to the Martins & Blands crew at the Barn for a superb culinary experience. John and Katarina Dorminy provided fine wines for the meal. The Tifton Junior Woman’s Club rendered yeoman service, which was greatly appreciated by waiters, staff and patrons alike.
An exceptional committee of Foundation Board members made up of Tammy Griffin, Tracy Monk, Carla Miles, Marianna Keesee, PJ Kemeness, Kelli Ferner, Paige Keith and Moppy Brumby organized the event. Eight weeks of meticulous planning and hard work resulted in a grand success.
Thank you to the 210 patrons who tipped so prodigiously to help the Foundation pursue its mission of fostering and enhancing academic excellence in our schools. Since its 1989 inception, the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence has provided 598 grants for teachers to put their best ideas into practice, “tapped” 226 educators for outstanding classroom performance, and led Tifton in its effort to attain and defend its Reading Capital of the World status.
Community service is alive and well in Tift County!
Celebrity Waiters includedPatrick Atwater, Tommy Bargeron, Lawton Bassett, Larry Branch, Melissa Brock, Ryan Byrnes, Ray Cross, Mike Davis, Richard Golden, Jonathan Jones , Nathan Johnson, Gary Kincaid, Alan Kramer, Brian Marlowe, Frankie Mathis, David Monk, Rick Pierzchajlo, Jordan Pope, John Reid, Buck Rigdon, Frank Sayles, Jim Scott, Jay Short, Julie Smith, Rusty Smith, Tyron Spearman, Katie Tenneson, George Vellidis, Bret Wagenhorst, Joe West and Francis Wisham.
In addition to event sponsor Tift Regional Medical Center, sponsors included Ameris Bank,Allen, Pritchett, & Bassett, Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals, Chickasha of Georgia, Colony Bank, Dr. Bret Wagenhorst, Dr. Jeff Peters, Dr. Mac Sims, Ferner LLC, First Community Bank of Tifton, Georgia Power Company, Georgia Sports Medicine, Griffin Ford Lincoln, Herring CPA Group, PC, Jackson Consulting, John Henry Dorminy Foundation, Jones Construction, Kelley & Johnson, LLC, Kunes Realty and Appraisals, Lamar & Sissy Martin, Lang Printing Company, Lasseter Equipment Group,Lon P. Kemeness, MGM Plant Farms, Inc., Mike & Judy Bland, Mike & Moppy Brumby, Name Droppers – Jim & Missy Wall, Parker Insurance, Partners Benefit Group, Plant Telecommunications, Prince Automotive Group, Quailwood Animal Hospital, Ray & Melanie Cross, Roberts & Co. Jewelers, Robert & Carla Miles, Rotary Club of Tifton, Scott & Amy Veazey, Short & Paulk Supply, South Georgia Banking Company, Steve & Jeannie Rigdon, The Stafford Companies, Grady & Sarah Thompson,UGA Tifton Campus and Wayne & Gina Purvis