Special to the Ladue-Frontenac Patch from Val Joyner, Public Relations Manager.
A record amount of $100,000 was raised at the Crisis Nursery’s 22nd annual Celebrity Waitresses’ and Waiters’ Night, hosted by Plaza Frontenac. More than 100 celebrities served 1,100 diners garnering generous donations to support the Nursery’s five safe-havens and child abuse prevention services.
“Thanks to our supporters, we have set a new record for the second consecutive year,” said DiAnne Mueller, Crisis Nursery CEO. “It was wonderful to see passionate celebrities and supporters give so generously to ensure that our precious babies and little boys and girls are kept safe.”
Celebrity Waitresses’ & Waiters’ Night included dinner at four Plaza Frontenac restaurants (BRIO Tuscan Grille, Cardwell's at the Plaza, Canyon Café and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse), live entertainment, a Happy Hour and After Party hosted by BRIO Tuscan Grille, a Celebrity Lounge hosted by Neiman Marcus, an online silent auction, and raffle items including a one-week stay in Cancun, Mexico and diamond earrings courtesy of Vincent Jewelers.
Honorary Corporate Vice-Chair Chip Walker of Wells Fargo received the coveted title of Celebrity Server of the Year, raising more than $10,000 in donations.
Since 1986, Crisis Nursery has provided 24/7 emergency intervention, respite care and support for families with children ages birth through 12 years. A community staple, Crisis Nursery is credited with preventing the abuse or neglect of 99 percent of children while their families are benefitting from the organization's programs.