Golden Cavvy fundraiser to benefit Christmas for Kids in Craig

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What: Fundraiser to benefit Christmas for Kids

When: 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave.

— The event will feature 45 local “celebrities” taking food orders throughout the day. Tips will be donated to Christmas for Kids, an organization that provides toys to underprivileged local children.

Karrissa Garcia, a waitress at the Golden Cavvy in downtown Craig, goes about her job with a couple of simple rules.

“Be nice and smile, no matter what (the customers) say,” said Garcia, who has waited tables at the restaurant for a year.

That bit of advice may come in handy today for 45 local “celebrities,” who will don aprons and handle food orders from patrons at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave.

Dozens of local residents have volunteered for the event. They include names such as Moffat County clerk and recorder Elaine Sullivan, American Legion Post 62 commander Mel Shockley, Moffat County undersheriff Charlene Abdella, Wyman Museum owner Lou Wyman and Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta.

The event runs from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and benefits Christmas for Kids, an organization that provides toys to underprivileged children in Moffat County. The volunteer servers are donating their shift tips to the cause.

Golden Cavvy owner Charlotte Gariner said she will match up to $200 of the donations. The goal for the fundraiser is $500.

“It’s going to be fun,” Gariner said of the event. “It’s going to be chaos.”

In addition to the restaurant’s regular menu items, the event will feature an all-you-can-eat fish fry, $1.50 draft beers or $4 pitchers, and free T-shirts and hats.

Also, the band Train Wreck from Baggs, Wyo., will play from 8 to 11 p.m.

Gariner also said the restaurant will offer customers a “steak challenge.”

“It’s a 48-ounce ribeye steak with the trimmings,” Gariner said. “And they’ve got 50 minutes to eat it.”

Gariner said the steak is free to anyone who finishes eating it in the allotted time. If the time is exceeded, the cost will be $54 — $10 of which will go to Christmas for Kids.

Gariner said the fundraising event coincides with an important milestone in her ownership of the restaurant.

“We’re doing a re-grand opening, (a) one-year anniversary,” Gariner said. “We thought, ‘We want to do something fun.’”

John Doane, an accountant who handles the books for the Golden Cavvy and other local businesses, will be waiting tables today from 7 to 8 a.m.

“It definitely will be a change of pace from (accounting),” Doane said. “It’ll be fun, and it’s a great cause.”

Karl Huntsman, a Moffat County Fair Board member and a regular diner at the Golden Cavvy, will also be serving.

Huntsman — who Gariner described as someone who gives the Golden Cavvy servers a good-natured “hard time” almost daily — said that although he hasn’t served tables in 40 years, he’s prepared for the task.

Huntsman recognizes he may get his comeuppance during his shift today from customers.

“I’m sure that’s in store for me,” he said.

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