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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Game on! Event tops $11,000 for YMCA Y-PALS program

  • The YPALS Celebrity Waiters Dinner was all fun and games — literally — with a tasty meal and generous donations for the youth-adult mentoring program coordinated through the Grand River Area Family YMCA Saturday evening at the Elks Lodge.
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  • The YPALS Celebrity Waiters Dinner was all fun and games — literally — with a tasty meal and generous donations for the youth-adult mentoring program coordinated through the Grand River Area Family YMCA Saturday evening at the Elks Lodge.
    Those attending the event may have gotten a glimpse of Candy Land’s King Kandy, Lord Licorice or Princess Lolly; or may have been served their meals by Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock or Mrs. White (all characters from the game “Clue.”) Perhaps, attendees reminisced with Pac Man, or were summoned by Bob Barker to “come on down” as “the next contestant on “The Price is Right”.
    Saturday’s Celebrity Waiters Dinner raised $11,634 for the YMCA’s Y-PALS program. This included $3,175 from an auction, as well as proceeds from ticket sales, donations, and tips.
     “Y-PALS is a wonderful program that greatly benefits kids of Chillicothe and the surrounding area,” said Shawn Hurtgen, YPALS director. “This year’s Celebrity Waiters Dinner was an exciting night of great food and games. Most importantly, though, it was evidence of the community’s commitment to help children and to give generously.”
     The outpouring of donations was phenomenal, Hurtgen said. More than 125 individual, businesses, and organizations gave of their time, money, and products to ensure that the evening was a success.
    The Celebrity Waiters Dinner had a theme of Game Night.  There were 13 sponsored tables and one table of individual tickets. The “jackpot” sponsor was Woody’s Automotive Group. The other three lead sponsors were BTC Bank, Hedrick Medical Center, and North Central Missouri Veterinary Services.
    There were 81 guests in attendance, with more than 40 volunteers. Ed Englert was the DJ and Lonnie Sewell of Sewell Auctions, served as auctioneer.  Eric Sensenich of Sensenich Jewelers (dressed as Rod Roddy from the Price is Right) was the master of ceremonies for the evening.
    Karen and Clay Jensen were in charge of the entertainment, with a “Price is Right” skit.
    Guests also played “Name that Game” throughout the night — a take on the popular Name that Tune TV show. Jingles from board game commercials were played as were theme songs from TV game shows, video games, and mobile apps. There were clips from games such as Candy Land, Connect 4, the Price is Right, Space Invaders and Angry Birds.
     The dinner — including a heaping plateful of barbecue (a slider, brisket, and rib), coleslaw, and Pomme Fritz — was catered by Hy-Vee. The dessert was won in a dessert dash. Many of the cakes, donated by local bakers, were decorated as various games, including Battleship, Backgammon, Dominos, and Trivial Pursuit. Each table pooled their money together. The tables then ran to the dessert dash to mark their chosen dessert with a flag. The tables ran in order of how much money they pooled. Hedrick’s chose the dessert made by Essential Kneads DaySpa and Café. Have a Nice Day Anesthesia chose Francine’s Pastry Parlor’s strawberry cake.  The dessert dash brought in $1,388.
    Page 2 of 2 -  Clint Williams was chosen by vote of the waiters as the best dressed waiter.  He was Alfred from the game Guess Who.  Denise Toole (Da Bomb from Angry Birds) was given the award of most Enthusiastic Waiter.  The staff of Essential Kneads were great sports.  Jill and Darrel Distler came as Pac Man and Mrs. Pac Man.  Their staff came as ghosts.  And they chased each other around the room several times throughout the night while the theme from Pac Man played.

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