Celebs for a cure

Published 11:07 am Friday, July 27, 2012

Rob Drinkard serves guests during the American Cancer Society'€™s Celebrity Waiter Dinner at The Pines in Troy, Ala., Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Notable community members join the ACS to raise money for cancer research

It’s not often the future mayor of Troy or a local beauty queen serves you dinner.

But the two, along with other area “celebrities,” teamed up with the American Cancer Society for Pike County’s first Celebrity Waiter Dinner that raised more than $1,000.

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“I think we are going to have a little under 80 people here and we have seven waiters,” said Liz McGrath, community representative for the American Cancer Society.

Although the dinner didn’t start until 7 p.m., three celebs already had their tables ready to go by 6. City Councilmember Wanda Moultry, Goshen Head Football Coach Bart Snyder and his wife, Pike County School’s Technology Coordinator Stephanie Snyder, were the first to set up.

“They’ve really gone all out,” McGrath said. “There are fresh flowers and napkin rings out. It looks special.”

Miss Troy 2012 was putting the finishing touches on her table about 6 p.m. and waiting on her Little Miss Troy partner.

“We went with the theme ‘Queens for a Cure,’” Powell said. “Everything has a fancy rhinestone look.”

Powell said she wanted to volunteer for the event because her mother worked in oncology radiation for many years and her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was young.

“I just thought this was a great way for me to be involved,” Powell said. “We just want to have fun with everyone tonight while educating people about cancer.”

Each celebrity was tasked with trying to sell 10 tickets and decorating the tables. Any tips given at the event join in the ticket sales and all money raised goes to Pike County Relay for Life.

Other celebrity waiters at the event were Rob Drinkard, Colley Senior Complex Director Janet Motes and Troy Mayor-elect Jason Reeves.