Celebrities from Around the High Country Wait Tables April 3 for the Seventh Annual ‘Celebrity Serve’

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By Paul T. Choate

April 3, 2012. On Tuesday, April 3, several prominent figures from around the High Country will trade in their day jobs and wait tables at area restaurants to benefit the Watauga County Rescue Squad. This is the seventh year of the Celebrity Serve and 15 restaurants will be participating.

This year’s installment of the event is being coordinated by Boone Independent Restaurants, a newly formed organization consisting of Pepper’s Restaurant and Bar, Makoto’s, Joe’s Italian Kitchen and several other local favorites.

The event is made possible because of the generosity of participating restaurants. All have agreed to donate at least 10 percent of the proceeds from the event to benefit the rescue squad.

Celebrity Serve has been successful during its run, as more than $150,000 has been raised for local organizations. In the past, the event has raised money for several nonprofit organizations such as the Hospitality House, OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter), the Make-A-Wish Foundation and others.

According to Michael Vollmer, of the Watauga County Rescue Squad, the following restaurants and celebrities will be participating:

Restaurants
Sunrise Grill (Breakfast)
Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar (Lunch and Dinner)
Pepper’s Restaurant and Bar (Dinner)
Bandana’s Bar-b-que and Grill (Dinner)
Casa Rustica (Dinner)
Woodlands BBQ (Dinner)
The Town Tavern (Dinner)
Mellow Mushroom Boone (Dinner)
The TApp Room (Dinner)
Dan’l Boone Inn (Dinner)
Peddler Steakhouse (Dinner)
Char (Dinner)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s (Dinner)
Canyons (Dinner)
Joy Bistro (Dinner) 

Boone Bagelry & Foggy Rock will not have celebrities, but will be donating a portion of the proceeds.

Local Celebs

Pepper’s Restaurant and Bar
Dinner: Hanes Boren (Footsloggers), Mike Taylor (dentist), Stacy Conn (dentist), Joe Miller (Cheap Joe’s), Jim Cottrell (French-Swiss Ski College), Ashley Anderson and Pam Anderson (Fox News Charlotte).

Makoto’s
Lunch: Richard Sparks (President/CEO Appalachian Regional Health Care), Buzz Berry (Host Sqrambled Scuares), Paul Moore (Asst. Director Wellness Center), David Jackson (ASU Associate Athletics Director/Public Affairs) and Gene Fowler (Publisher Mountain Times). 

Dinner: Jason Triplett (Market President at Wells Fargo), Jason Capel (ASU men’s basketball head coach), Ike Butts (ASU men’s basketball player), Roman Gabrielle III (Former Oakland Raider/President of Sold Out Ministries), Jerry Moore and/or Scott Sadderfield (ASU football coaches) and three unnamed ASU football players. 

Bandana’s
Dinner: Dr. Richard Jones (Watauga County School Board), John Welch (Running For County Commissioner), Len Hagaman (Sheriff), DeeDee Rominger (Sheriff’s Office Captain), Dana Crawford (Chief of Police – Boone PD), Gunther Doerr (Chief of Police – ASU Police) and Alfred Glover (Boone Ford).

Beef’s ‘O’ Brady’s
Dinner: Eric Brown (Chief of Police – Blowing Rock PD), Tamera Stamey (Principal – Parkway School), Kenneth Gottfried (Owner – Go Postal) and Ronnie Marsh (Boone Fire Marshal).

Bandana’s
Dinner: Dr. Richard Jones (Watauga County School Board), John Welch (running For County Commissioner), Len Hagaman (Sheriff), DeeDee Rominger (Sheriff’s Office Captain), Dana Crawford (Chief of Police – Boone PD), Gunther Doerr (Chief of Police – ASU Police) and Alfred Glover (Boone Ford).

Casa Rustica
Dinner: Chip Norwood (Watauga Rescue), Mark Legree (ASU football), Tommy Lite (Hair Stylist), Jeannie Keasey (BB&T) and Jim Denny.

The Peddler
Dinner: Vanessa Minton (High County Dance Studio), Teresa Godwin (High County Dance Studio), Jim Godwin (Asst. Principal – Hardin Park School), Daniel Minton (Denton Insurance), Cay Harkins (Studio K Dance Workshop), Andy Harkins (Nationwide Insurance) and Folk and Dagger (live music).

Mellow Mushroom – Boone
Dinner: Ron Hopper, Alison Garrett, Preston Clarke and Jessica Jenkins (all WHS teachers/staff).

The Town Tavern
Dinner: Nate Seamone (Mountaineer Insurance), ASU womens volleyball players, Bronc Vines and Sweetwater Farthing.

Canyons
Dinner: Todd Wright (musician), Terry Moberg (The Inn at Crestwood) and Cindy Uschelbec (Weber-Hodges realtor).

The TApp Room
Dinner: Charlie Cobb (ASU Athletic Director), Rick Beasley (ASU Athletics) and Kindsay Greene Reeder (Assistant Athletic Director).
Greeters: Gerald and Julia Adams (Mr. & Mrs. Yosef).

Dan’l Boone Inn
Dinner: Four ASU women’s basketball players.

Char
Dinner: Lindsey Shapiro (Miss Teen NC), Jamaal Trice (ASU men’s basketball player), Tab Hamilton (ASU men’s basketball player), GJ Vilarino (ASU men’s basketball player), Brian Okam (ASU men’s basketball player) and two ASU women’s basketball players. 

Canyons
Dinner: Todd Wright (musician), Terry Moberg (The Inn at Crestwood) and Cindy Uschelbec (Weber-Hodges realtor).

Joy Bistro
Dinner: Bunk Spann and Andy Page.

This is only a partial list of the celebrities participating. This page will be updated as more participating celebrities’ names are made available. For more information, visit wataugarescue.org/celebrity-serve.html.

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