The Relay For Life of Polk County held its third annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner on Friday, August 22 at the Mena Mountain Resort. Local celebrities waited tables for tips and Farrell Cole held a live auction of items that had been donated. By the time the evening was over, more than 18,000 dollars had been raised for the American Cancer Society.
The local celebrities that participated this year are Jim and Joyce Stroope, Monroe Miller, Tanya Sickles, Belinda Jones, Brenda Hamilton, Betty Johnson, Jared Standridge, David Jones, Terry and Rita Keener, George and Rhonda McKee, Ginger Sterner, Lawana Callahan, Nina and Frank Moore, Josh Marshall, Greg Goss, and George Davis.
After the meal provided by Mena Mountain Resort, the guests provided their own entertainment with karaoke and dancing. At the conclusion of the event awards were handed out in the following categories: Sneakiest Waiter – Jim Stroope; Best Theme - Ginger Sterner and Lawana Callahan; Best Dressed Table – Frank and Nina Moore; Most Spirited Waiter – Josh Marshall; Best Dressed Waiter – Greg Goss; Celebrity Waiter of the Year – Jim Stroope; Second Place Celebrity Waiter of the Year – Nina and Frank Moore; Most Tips – Jim Stroope; Second Most Tips – Nina and Frank Moore.
The Relay For Life of Polk County Committee thanks all the 2014 celebrity waiters and each person who attended the Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Your participation made it another successful event. Relay For Life is working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in our community.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.