Local celebrities wait tables for good cause

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - You normally won't find Southern Miss athletes, coaches, religious leaders, and other well known pinebelt figures waiting tables. Monday several local celebrities waited tables at Chesterfield's in Hattiesburg to benefit the Waiting for a Cure foundation.

"We pay medical bills, we help for transportation costs," said Waiting for A Cure Foundation director Dawn Gillis. "Wherever the need is, we're there."

In addition to helping bring out food and drinks to patrons, the celebrities worked extra hard to pick up tips, and donations. They also sold small items to benefit the cause.

"It can be a devastating thing for a lot of people, so it's just a great chance to serve the community and give back and to help out a great cause," said USM quarterback, Austin Davis.

"I have family members that already suffered through that," said USM linebacker, Korey Williams. "I just try to work my hardest to try to help someone else the way that my family members were helped."

The goal is to raise at least $10,000 each year and in the past eight years that goal has been met or exceeded.

State Senator Billy Hudson was in another celebrity waiter event a few months ago. He said he was glad to join the fight against breast cancer.

"We hear their stories and feel their pain," said Sen. Hudson. "Cancer is a terrible thing and needs to be wiped out and anything we can do to help cancer victims we want to do that."

Sloan Buys said she was happy to see the passionate waiters working to raise money.

"I can see it coming from their heart because it is such a worthy cause and they are all just trying their best just to raise as much money as they possibly can for that cure," said Buys.

Even though these celebrities waited tables for a day, they were making a difference to last a lifetime.

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