A large crowd helped make this year’s Celebrity Waiter another success.
Celebrity Waiter raises $75,000 for Abbeville Boys & Girls Club
Consistency is a good thing, especially when it comes to raising important funds.
For the Boys & Girls Club in Abbeville, the annual Celebrity Waiter event has proven to be a model of consistency.
The event, held last week at the V.N. Hall in Abbeville, raised $75,000 for the local club. That is slightly less than the $80,000 brought in during last year’s Celebrity Waiter. Every dollar raised each year stays with the Abbeville Club.
“We have seen that regardless of what the economy is doing,” Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana COO Brian Ford said, “this stays consistent. I think at the end of the day, people realize why they are there.
“That it is to support the youth of the community.”
Funds raised this year will help cover a portion of the operating cost for the Abbeville club, which is located at A.A. Comeaux Park. Grants and other fundraisers throughout the year will fill out the budget.
“This will help us to keep moving forward,” Ford said.
The summer program is wrapping up this week. The after-school program will reopen on the first day of school for Vermilion Parish.
“We are still signing up kids,” Ford said.
Students who attend the club receive help with their homework in a safe environment, all the while learning life lessons, Ford said of the club’s importance.
Playing an important role in Celebrity Waiter’s success each year is the auction. Notable items included a hand-carved wooden duck made by Judge Durwood Conque and a duck hunt. Each of those items went for $4,000.
As much as the auction helps, the event would barely get off the ground if not for sponsors. Ford offered a special thanks to those, including presenting sponsors, Acadiana Ford and Don’s Wholesale, as well as gold sponsors, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Abbeville General, Gulf Coast Bank, Kaptel, Fire Safety Specialists and Coastal Chemical.
Ford thanked those who served as the Celebrity Waiters. That group includes members of the Kiwanis Club of Abbeville and players from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball and softball teams. He also offered a thanks to Ryan Abshire for providing music for the evening.
“It was a great event,” Ford said. “It says a lot about the people of this community that they continue to support it every year.”