Struggling to find parking at LongHorn may be the norm on a Friday night, but last Friday morning there was barely an available spot.
Dawson County Family Connection hosted its annual celebrity waiter breakfast at the venue known for lunch and dinner.
The eighth annual event raised more than $3,600 that will go towards kindergarten readiness and featured waiters that included principals and administrators of local schools.
"It looks like a great crowd and what I am loving is the people bringing families," said Nancy Stites, coordinator of Dawson County Family Connection.
"It's been real steady and we are having fun with the principals and the superintendent. I think they are having a good time," Stites said.
The school officials were comparing their experience with waiting tables according to Stites and before Friday it was officially none.
"Most have never waited tables and still willing to do this in support of families in Dawson with a smile on their face! That is a powerful message and a whole lot of fun," Stites said.
"I said, ‘Well there, you've got it on your resume,'" she added.
Booker the Library Dog, the Chick-fil-A cow and Dawson County High School cheerleaders welcomed guests, as they made their way into the nearly full restaurant.
Dawson County High School's head football coach, Sid Maxwell, grinned and greeted hungry patrons while wiping down tables.
Most of the food for the event was donated, according Tiffany Davis who is the underage drinking prevention coordinator at Family Connection.
"Chick-fil-A does a lot of stuff for us here," Davis said. "Most of it is donated."
Other celebrity waiters for this year's event included: State Representative Kevin Tanner, State Senator Steve Gooch, Superintendent Damon Gibbs, principals Richard Crumley and Kim Bennett, as well as county commissioners.
Davis made her way to tables making balloon animals for kids in attendance.
"We are just excited," Davis said. "It's a lot of fun.
"We switched up the waiters this year, a lot more from the school system, which is great with the proceeds going to kindergarten readiness."
Guests were offered tables and then made their way through the buffet line that included scrambled eggs, bacon, French toast, biscuits, sausage, fruit, muffins and more.
Local rotarians Scott Yochum and Pepper Petit, dressed as mafia members, shook down patrons while dining by offering "protection" for a $1 cash donation.
Stites said that the turnout was good with a steady flow of people from the time the doors opened at 7:30 a.m.
"We appreciate all the celebrities and entertainers taking their time from busy schedules to come support the work of Family Connection this way," she said.
Family Connection is a network of local communities across the state that are committed to helping local children and families. For more information, call (706) 265-1981.