Fort Myers, FL, December 24, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Local “celebrity” waiters were loud, unruly, and even outlandish at times, but they did the job serving up food and fun at the Heights Foundation’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner hosted by The Roadhouse Café December 5 in Fort Myers. The event raised more than $17,000 to benefit the School Success programs and Annual Fund of The Heights Foundation.
Local community leaders filled in as wait staff in costumes and competed for tips with offers to perform silly acts, pose for photos, sing solos, dance and more. They inspired bidding wars among guests to raise funds for the foundation’s programs, including School Success that provides academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, college scholarship and support program connections, school supplies, tuition support and Sports & Scouts for the families of the Harlem Heights community.
The event featured the antics of Neil LeClair, Pam Beckman, Elaine Hawkins, Daniel Zeugin and Victor Mayeron. All added their personalities and creative table service to the fun. Roadhouse proprietors and hosts Marc and Sheri Neeley donated dinner proceeds and coordinated auction items provided by friends and fans of Roadhouse Café. The Joe Delaney Trio provided live jazz entertainment.
“Families in Harlem Heights live in poverty at a rate significantly higher than the rest of Lee County,” said Kathryn Kelly, executive director of the Heights Foundation. “Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the Harlem Heights neighborhood through programs geared toward families, and the support of our friends and neighbors help us to continue to do our work.”
For more information about how to get involved, call (239) 482-7706, or visit the foundation online at www.heightsfoundation.org.
About Harlem Heights and The Heights Foundation
Located off Gladiolus Drive and bordered by Summerlin Road and McGregor Blvd., approximately 1,200 children live within the boundaries of Harlem Heights. Most of the residents are economically challenged and many are unemployed. According to the 2000 census, over one-third (36%) live below the Federal poverty level, a rate that is 100% greater than the Lee County average. The Heights Foundation is a grassroots organization that works to break the cycle of poverty in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The Foundation’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education and wellness, and provide the benefits of the cultural and expressive arts. The Foundation is working to build a cultural arts and community center in Harlem Heights.
Kathryn Kelly, Executive Director, The Heights Foundation
(239)482-7706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org