The Longhorn Steakhouse parking lot was packed on Friday morning as residents from all over Dawson County turned up for the 11th Annual Family Connection Celebrity Waiter Breakfast.
Longhorn staff had been in the kitchen since 5:30 a.m. to prepare the eggs, sausage, bacon, and other breakfast staples for the event.
The yearly breakfast raises money for Dawson County Family Connection’s work combating child abuse and neglect.
“We really just want to raise awareness,” said Family Connection Coordinator Nancy Stites. “We’re a nonprofit focusing on family and children and we thought a breakfast would be a great time for the community to get together as a community, so that’s what we’re really trying to do.”
And getting together as a community is exactly what happened. Hundreds flocked to the charity event. Guests paid $10 at the door and were greeted by Dawson County Commissioners Julie Nix and Sharon Fausett, who served as hostesses for the event.
From there, they went down the buffet line and were served by one of fifteen local celebrities. These waiters ranged from school principals to county commissioners.
“One of our main goals is to bring different sectors of the community together to work on issues because we can’t get done what we need to get done without each other,” said Stites.
Towards the end of the breakfast, Stites announced that Danny Thompson, director of the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services, had won the 2019 Celebrity Waiter of the year.
“It’s truly an honor to even be selected to be one of the waiters,” said Thompson. “I had a lot of fun doing it. And at the end of the day, it’s for a good cause. That’s really it — helping out the Family Connections by raising money and being able to pass on the good spirits and good nature of our citizens to others in our community.”
Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson was another celebrity waiter this year. “I have always held strong convictions of service, but this opportunity certainly brings a new definition to my understanding of the term ‘service,’” said Johnson. “All humor aside, participating as a Celebrity Waiter is an enjoyable and memorable experience. Not only does it benefit a great cause, it also serves to bring our community together. It has been my privilege to participate as a Celebrity Waiter for the past three years. I am proud to say that during that time, I remain spill free!”
The full list of servers for this year:
- Kevin Tanner — Georgia House of Representatives
- Billy Thurmond —Dawson County Board of Commissioners, Chairman
- Jeff Johnson —Dawson County Sheriff
- Christie Moore —Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, President
- Matt Payne —Dawson County Parks & Recreation, Director
- Connie Smith —Associated Credit Union
- Sharon Fox —Ninth District Opportunity, Coordinator
- Carol Tyger —United Way for Dawson County
- Tim Satterfield —Dawson County Board of Commissioners, District 3
- Steve Tolson —City of Dawsonville, Councilman
- Jason Power —City of Dawsonville, Councilman
- Danny Thompson —Dawson County Fire & EMS, Director
- Ted Bearden —Bearden Funeral Home
- James Tolbert —Dawson County Facilities, Director
- Connie Stovall —Dawson County Junior High, Principal
- Brody Hughes —Dawson County High School, Principal
- Randi Sagona —Dawson County Middle School, Principal