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Tickets available for celebrity waiter gala
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TRINITY – About 20 Trinity celebrities will be putting on aprons to serve the guests during the third annual "Denim & Diamonds" Celebrity Waiter Dinner Gala will be held Saturday, Oct. 12. The event will benefit SAAFE House, the local nonprofit organization that provides immediate, free and confidential services to the victims of family violence and sexual assault. So far the waiters include Trinity County Judge Doug Page, District Attorney Bennie Schiro, Sheriff Woody Wallace, State Farm Agent Rich Scott, and Edward D. Jones Financial Advisor J.W. Burks. Also participating are District Judge Elizabeth Coker, Realtor George Gallagher from Westwood Shores, Design Consultant Steve Tyler, Whispering Pines Golf Country Club HR Executive Sharon Melton Mills, Dr. Lawrence Quan, Beverly Moore of Rollo Insurance, Carl and Sheran Casey, Larry Grant, Constable Mark Cole, and Shasta Burgman of the Trinity County Clerk's office. A few others are still pending. Although headquartered in Huntsville, the SAAFE House program has an office in Trinity. The agency actually covers four different counties. The monies raised in Trinity are earmarked specifically for Trinity victims, as well as the prevention of family violence and sexual assault through education. The Celebrity Waiter event is chaired by Julia McMichael. She has lined up most of the waiters to serve guests and has been actively selling tickets at $30 each. Those who would like to obtain a ticket may can contact Julia at (936)355-6402 or call the SAAFE House at either (936)327-6427 or (936) 291-3529. There will be a McKenzie's Barbeque meal preceded by a silent auction beginning in the 6 p.m. social hour and a live auction following the meal. Auction items include such treats as tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival, jewelry, toys, great meals, theatre tickets, handcrafted woodwork and many delicious desserts. The list is growing, and items and or donations are accepted through Friday, Oct. 4. For an auction form contact Dee Everett at deverett@saafehouse.org or call her at (936) 291-3529. Also at the event will be the drawing for the quilt donated by the Women's Mission Group at Riverside United Methodist Church. Quilt tickets can be purchased until Oct. 11 at the SAAFE House Office(s) in Huntsville or Trinity or at the event on October 12. The winner does NOT need to be present. Rana Wingo is the Crisis Intervention Advocate in the Trinity office providing services, with support from the entire Huntsville staff. The Trinity office could not operate without the support of the local community, and SAAFE House is inviting local citizens to come out to enjoy a relaxing evening and support a really great cause. SAAFE House is hard at work attempting to "build stronger families". There will be NO tickets sold at the door, those wishing to attend need to make plans now. For more information contact: Dee Everett at (936) 291-3529; Julia McMichael at (936) 355-6402; or Rana Wingo at (936) 594-6415


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