Photos: Benevolent fun

With a Western theme, this year’s Benevolent Fund “Celebrity Waiters” dinner Saturday (Jan. 25) at the Washington Schoolhouse was a huge financial and social success. As many guests embraced the old-timey spirit in cowboy hats and other attire, decorations included the amazingly lifelike horse statue Trigger from Warrenton’s Horse Country shop, covered wagons, a jail — and a deputy to “arrest” guests and raise money for their release. The largest amount ($2,000) was raised for John Kiser’s release from incarceration. Rappahannock Unity Choir sang gospel music and Trinity’s Rev. Jenks Hobson acted as emcee; Bev Atkins, Tam Settle and M&M BBQ contributed the food. While the exact amount raised is still being determined, an initial count points to upwards of $31,000. (By the way, the wild-west dancehall “gal” who collected a significant number of donations over the evening, which he tucked safely into his garter, is Butch Zindel.)

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