You got served: Celebrity wait­ers raise funds at BPHI break­fast

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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.

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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

John Benz

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

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