By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
Breakfast benefits nonprofit
Fundraiser featured celebrity waiters
2 Celebrity Waiter pic3
District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix greets guests and prepares to get drink orders at last week's fundraiser which benefited Dawson County Family Connection. - photo by Photo/Elizabeth Hamilton

Dawson County Family Connection’s first fundraiser served up biscuits and gravy with a side of gratitude.


“This is the first fundraiser that Family Connection has had,” said Nancy Stites, director of the organization. “I had no idea what to expect, but we had an excellent turnout. Waiters and guests alike seemed to enjoy the event.”


Held Friday morning at Longhorn Steakhouse in Dawsonville, the Celebrity Waiter fundraiser featured a buffet-style breakfast along with service from 10 local leaders, ranging from the sheriff and county manager to city clerk and county commissioners.


Stites said all those involved seemed to enjoy themselves.


“The fundraiser was not only a good time, it was also a success,” Stites said.

“Close to 200 people were served breakfast.


“The people of Dawson County have such big hearts. Whenever someone needs help or support, there is always someone there, which has been especially beneficial to nonprofits during this difficult economic time.”


Part of a statewide initiative of community collaborative partnerships, Dawson County Family Connection brings together community partners to help address the challenges facing children and families.


Among the local nonprofit’s programs are the meth task force, church alliance and prevent child abuse.


Mike Berg, chairman of the county commission and a Family Connection board member, said the fundraiser was a “smart move.”


“Family Connection has been around for 10 years, and this is the first fundraiser it has had,” he said.


Cecil Bennett, community involvement coordinator for the local Wal-Mart, donated $1,000 on behalf of the supercenter to “an organization that is a great asset to this community.”


“They are a great organization to work with,” Bennett said. “They provide excellent support for our school system and we appreciate all that they do.”


In addition to the donation, the event raised money through sponsors, ticket sales and tips.


E-mail Elizabeth Hamilton at