Waiters aim to please


Fifty dollars is a small price to pay to watch Scott Cook and Dean Hollenbeck muddle their way through the Holiday Inn kitchen preparing salads and balancing drink trays.

Today is the last day to purchase tickets to be wined and dined by members of the community at The Memorial Hospital Foundation's annual VIP Waiters Dinner on Sat-ur-day night at the Holiday Inn.

Community members with little or no serving experience will work under aliases that relate to their businesses as they wait hand-and-foot on event patrons.

This is one event where the service is sure to fall short of a five-star rating despite the elegant atmosphere.

Wine tasting, a full meal and casino-style entertainment are on tap for community members who want to have a good time, socialize with friends and neighbors and support the construction of the new hospital.

"It's a great time," said Sue Lyster, a TMH board member who has attended past events. "It's nice to see all the members of the community. It should be a lot of fun."

Proceeds from the event will benefit the TMH Foundation building fund to construct a new hospital. The event starts with a wine tasting, featuring wines from Colorado vineyards, accompanied by live country entertainment performed by Stacey Mathers, said Pam Thompson, TMH public relations director.

Dinner includes salad, filet mignon and shrimp, and dessert, plus a surprise specialty drink concocted by the waiters.

"The goal is to tip the waiter really well," Thompson said. All tips are given to the foundation.

Typically, the event serves as the primary fund-raiser for the foundation and usually concludes with a live auction. This year, however, the group wanted to concentrate on keeping the activities fun as TMH heads into an important capital fund-raising time, Thompson said.

Post-dinner entertainment in-cl-udes casino-style gambling. Each participant receives $40 in chips, and those who win $100 get a chance to win an assortment of prizes from a drawing. Prizes in-cl-ude massages, gift certificates to area shops, an elk hunt and voice lessons, to name a few.

"We feel like it's a good price to get wine tasting and gambling," she said. "We really don't want to make it a fund-raising event. We want to make it fun."

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