By Theresa Wood
Special to the Rappahannock News
Winter is a Beach! So it’s no surprise that last Saturday night 185 people layered coats over flip-flops and shorts to brave temperatures in the teens.
The driving force behind braving the cold was the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund Celebrity Waiter Dinner. This annual event is always well attended, with a waiting list for both table sponsorships and seats.
This year’s Caribbean theme inspired beachwear of every type imaginable including a few pirates and parrotheads!
Rappahannock’s own Sixling Twin played a mesmerizing selection of Caribbean tunes while guests danced the night away.
Each year an award is given to the celebrity waiter whose table raises the most money during the dinner. This year’s winner is Miller Hunter, host of the Trinity Episcopal Church table. Congratulations, Miller, on a job well done!
This year’s event was once again a huge success, both as a fundraiser and as a collaboration of community volunteers. Much needed funds were raised, with a trending increase in grants awarded annually. We anticipate the need for assistance will be greater in 2019.
Anyone who was unable to attend the dinner but would like to contribute to the Fund, please make checks payable to the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 133, Washington, VA 22747. You may also make a donation online at www.RappBenevolentFund.org. The Benevolent Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) and all moneys given are tax deductible as allowed by law.
A heartfelt thank you to our celebrity waiters, volunteers, sponsors and guests. Without you all this effort would not be possible.
Settle’s Grocery & Garage
Bean Hollow Grassfed
Barbara & Matthew Black
Joan Brown Interiors
Doug and Suzanne Schiffman
Short Flight Shooting Instruct
Kattle 1 Beef Company
Peggy & Rich Spillenkothen
Dot & Rick Lessard
Williams Tree Service
Little Washington Spa
Dawn & Leo Filipowicz
Jan & Ron Makela
Front Royal Canoe
Theresa Wood, Chairperson
Gay Street Inn
Mountainside Physical Therapy
High Meadow Manor Farm
Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works
Rapp. County Sheriff’s Department