-SRC Celebrates Success of 9th Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Macomb - More than $30,000 was raised at the Spoon River College Foundation’s 9th Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner (CWD), making it the most successful one to date. Approximately 120 guests attended the event at the Macomb Outreach Center in the MidAmerica National Bank Conference Hall on February 16.
“This event continues to grow in size and in success,” said Emily Gillett, coordinator for the SRC Foundation. “It has raised almost $200,000 since it began in 2004, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our generous sponsors, tireless volunteers, and all those who attend the event.”
The proceeds are used to fund teaching and learning projects at the Macomb Campus.
The event, with a “Spring Break” theme, included a dinner catered by Sodexo Food Services and entertainment provided by “Xenon Light and Sound.”
“The celebrity waiters continue to be a highlight, and this year 15 waiters raised more than $14,000 in tips,” Gillett said. “Kenny Boyd of McDonough District Hospital received the most tips, earning MDH the coveted traveling Waiter’s trophy. Money was also raised from a silent auction and souvenir photos.”
Celebrity waiters were Kenny Boyd (MDH), Jason Cale (First Bankers Trust), Kristen Conrad (Make Fit Happen), Kassie Courson (Courtyard Estates of Bushnell), Kayla Daudelin & Jacob Strom  (Grand Prairie Assisted Living), Kevin Gaul (Pella Corporation), Mike Inman (Macomb Mayor), Dana Johns (MidAmerica National Bank), Jordan Pounders (First State Bank), Paul Reuschel (Former Chicago Cub), Sarah Wallick (Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce), Mike Woodrum & Mike Dennis  (Woodrum Automative), and Rick VanBrooker (Macomb Sherriff).
The event’s “BIG KAHUNA” Sponsors were McDonough District Hospital and PELLA Corporation.
The “TIKI TABLE” Sponsors were; Courtyard Estates of Bushnell, Citizens Bank, First Bankers Trust, First State Bank, MidAmerica National Bank, Pella, Spoon River College, SRC Foundation, State Farm Insurance – Cathy Early, Table Grove State Bank and Wal-Mart
The Celebrity Waiter Dinner is one of several events sponsored by the Foundation throughout the year to raise awareness and financial support for scholarships and the college’s academic programs.  Managed by a volunteer board, the Foundation’s mission is to seek resources to provide excellent educational opportunities to Spoon River College.
“The support of the volunteers and our Board enables the Foundation to accomplish its mission,” said Gillett.  “We are always looking for volunteers who would like to get involved with us and support our students in achieving their educational goals.”
To learn more about the Spoon River College Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.src.edu/foundation or contact Emily Gillett at emily.gillett@src.edu or (309) 833-6039.