You got served: Celebrity waiters raise funds at BPHI breakfast
On Dec. 7 community leaders traded their business suits for aprons to serve as celebrity waiters and raised more than $80,000 at the 12th annual “Breakfast for Champions of the Homeless” event, presented by FPL & Co., hosted by Broward Partnership for the Homeless (BPHI) and the Downtown Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. More than 200 guests attended the sold-out event in the dining room of the Broward County Central Homeless Assistance Center/Huizenga Family Campus, where the celebrity waiters dazzled with their table decorating and serving skills and competed to earn the most tips to benefit BPHI.
“The Pair That Cares” celebrity waiter teams included: John P. “Jack” Seiler and Susan Seiler; Chip LaMarca and Eileen LaMarca; Romney Rogers and Liza Smoker; Ramola Motwani and Dev Motwani; Tony Abbate and Chuck Black; Keith Costello and Stephen Tilbrook; Kenneth Gordon and Roberta Stanley; Ray de la Feuilliez and JudyWong; and Kevin and Valerie Taylor. Individual celebrity waiters included: Al Lamberti; John Benz; Michael Yormark; MichaelWeymouth; Courtney Crush; Bobby DuBose; Barbara Sharief; TimRyan; and Judy Stern.
During the breakfast BPHI presented the 2012 Champion of the Homeless Award to BB&T in recognition of the company’s commitment to helping the homeless through financial support and the volunteer efforts of its employees. The 2012 BPHI Special Recognition Award was presented to Carolyn Michaels, executive vice president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, for her contributions on the host committee of the annual breakfast since its inception.
Event sponsors included: FPL & Co; AT&T; Leo Goodwin Foundation; Ampros Trophy Kings; Brinkley Morgan; Cindy Schutt PR; Express Catering; HDS; Judith Stern Consulting; Kenneth J. Greenberg; Mark Vacker Photography; Paramount Coffee Services; Publix Super Markets Inc; and
Proceeds will assist BPHI in providing shelter, food and comprehensive services at the Broward County Central Homeless Assistance Center on the Huizenga Family Campus, a 200-bed, full-service emergency housing facility that serves more than 1,200 homeless men, women and children annually and assists them in acquiring health, housing and employment.
For more information, visit ww.bphi.org.
Anthony Abbate, left, and Chuck Black
Broward County Sheriff, Al Lamberti, left, and Ron Owens dressed as Santa Claus.
Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, left, and Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby DuBose
Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby DuBose, left, and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca
David Mercer, left, Frances M. Esposito and Stanley C. Panther
Fort Lauderdale Mayor, John P. “Jack” Seiler, left, Dr. Patrick Taylor and Dev Motwani