Celebrities serve up the cash Tuesday

Article Published: Apr. 26, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Celebrities serve up the cash Tuesday

Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman rounds up the usual suspects - barbecue, hush puppies and fries - at Bandana's Bar-B-Que & Grill for Tuesday's Celebrity Service.

Photo by Melanie Marshall

It's been a "crazy" but lucrative week for the Watauga Education Foundation, thanks to a generous community and hard work on the part of WEF board members.

Not only did Shooting Stars raise an estimated $30,000 ("It was probably the best show ever," WEF board member Alison Idol said), but Tuesday's Celebrity Serve kept the cash flowing.

"It was big fun," WEF executive director Melanie Bullard said. "There was lots and lots going on."
And lots and lots of cash coming in. While she is not yet releasing the totals from Tuesday ("We still have six restaurants out," Bullard said, "so I'd rather wait,"), Bullard is, however, very optimistic it's going to be a big number, thanks to celebrity volunteers and the 24 restaurants participating.

"We were extremely pleased with the number of restaurants," she said. "I think that's the beauty of Celebrity Serve. The more the restaurants know about it and the more restaurants get involved in it, the better it is for our community."

That money will go directly to the WEF for education grants and the Imagination Library initiative.

WEF grants help alleviate budget shortfalls and fund programs and scholarships to enhance learning among Watauga students and teachers. Imagination Library encourages literacy in young kids in Watauga by providing books each month so that each child can create his or her own library.

"We are improving ... the literacy of thousands of children in the community, and we're thrilled," Bullard said.

The fundraising's not over yet.

"The most exciting part is the cash raffle," Idol said. "We're still selling tickets for that."

The winning ticket holder will win $3,000 when the drawing is held at WEF's May 14 golf tournament. Second prize will be $750 and third will be $250. Tickets are on sale for $5 each or three tickets for $10.

To purchase tickets or get more information on WEF, visit http://www.wefnc.org.

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