Lively Lunchtime Philanthropy

Celebrity Waiter Luncheon at the Joule proves Dallasites can twerk it like Miley

Celebrity Waiter Luncheon proves Dallasites can twerk it like Miley

LeeAnne Locken, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
LeeAnne Locken Photo by Robert Bostick
Ashley Burghardt, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Ashley Burghardt Photo by Robert Bostick
Linda Cooper, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer, Shona Gilbert
Linda Cooper, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer, Shona Gilbert  Photo by Robert Bostick
Lindsay Jacaman, Jaimie Singer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Lindsay Jacaman, Jaimie Singer Photo by Robert Bostick
Ashley Burghardt, Katie Dunn, Lisa Angelo
Ashley Burghardt, Katie Dunn, Lisa Angela Photo by Robert Bostick
Ron Corning, Stacey Girard, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Ron Corning, Stacey Girard Photo by Robert Bostick
Robbin Solis, Lea Yancey, Celebrity Waiter Lunch, The Joule
Robbin Solis, Lee Yancey Photo by Robert Bostick
Martha Steveson, Kelly Judy, Melanie Pellegrino, Debbie Poche
Martha Stevenson, Kelly Judy, Melanie Pellegrino, Debbie Poche Photo by Robert Bostick
Shane Walker, Linda Cooper, Billy Fulmer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Shane Walker, Linda Cooper, Billy Fulmer Photo by Robert Bostick
Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer Photo by Robert Bostick
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
The Celebrity Waiter Luncheon waitstaff preparing to head to their tables.  Photo by Robert Bostick
Linda Cooper, Shay Geyer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Shay Geyer and Linda Cooper are not afraid to bust a move for charity.  Photo by Robert Bostick
Dawn Nuefeld, Jayne Chabot
Dawn Nufeld, Jayne Chobot Herring  Photo by Robert Bostick
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
It was all smiles at the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon at The Joule.  Photo by Robert Bostick
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
The beautiful banquet hall at The Joule hotel was full of Dallasites ready to give for a great cause.  Photo by Robert Bostick Courtesy of Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
The wine was flowing long before the noon luncheon began.  Photo by Robert Bostick
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Supporters of the Family Gateway getting in the spirit of giving at the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon. Nice boas, ladies!  Photo by Robert Bostick
LeeAnne Locken, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Ashley Burghardt, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Linda Cooper, Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer, Shona Gilbert
Lindsay Jacaman, Jaimie Singer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Ashley Burghardt, Katie Dunn, Lisa Angelo
Ron Corning, Stacey Girard, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Robbin Solis, Lea Yancey, Celebrity Waiter Lunch, The Joule
Martha Steveson, Kelly Judy, Melanie Pellegrino, Debbie Poche
Shane Walker, Linda Cooper, Billy Fulmer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Maggie Kipp, Shay Geyer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Linda Cooper, Shay Geyer, Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Dawn Nuefeld, Jayne Chabot
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule
Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, The Joule

The 2013 Celebrity Waiter Luncheon benefiting Family Gateway was as lively as ever. Co-chairs Lindsay Jacaman and Jamie Singer welcomed supporters to The Joule, where they eagerly anticipated the antics that were about to ensue.

Emcees Stacy Girard, in an exquisite orange dress by Victoria Beckham, and the always-charming Ron Corning instructed the waiters — including Aubree-Anna, Darren Kozelsky, Dawn Mellon, Deanna Johnson, LeeAnne Locken, Liz Mikel, Lynae Fearing, Shane Walker, Shona Gilbert, Ashley Burghardt — on their various challenges, which ranged from an intense limbo competition to an impressive round of karaoke.

But the luncheon really heated up when celebrity waiters were challenged to do both "The Dougie" and a whole lot of twerking. I don't know about the rest of the attendees — like Melissa Katz, Angela Crates, Cynthia Trocha, Dawn Nuefeld, Jayne Chobot Herring, Robbin Solis, Lea Yancey, Amy Kozelsky, Jennifer Bowers, Amanda Ryan, and 2012 co-chairs Shay Geyer and Maggie Kipp — but I was blushing. Hey, anything for charity.

Despite the lightheartedness of the luncheon, no one in attendance lost sight of its importance in helping Family Gateway and the homeless families the organization serves. To drive home this point, speaker Lisa Garza, owner of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, shared her own story of being homeless as a teenager — proving that it can happen to anyone.

Family Gateway is the largest provider of supportive housing services to homeless families in Dallas County, serving about 1,000 adults and 5,000 children at six sites annually.  In 2012, Family Gateway was named Homeless Services Agency of the Year by Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and served its 10,000th child.