Laurel man is high-bidder in restaurant charity auction

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel man who was the high bidder in an online charity auction sponsored by a new Hattiesburg restaurant was treated to a special dinner at that restaurant Saturday night.

Applause from owners and employees greeted Scott Parker and 11 family members and friends as they entered Tabella Italian restaurant.

Parker bid $5,600 for the opportunity to be the first official patron at the restaurant and to be served a 12-course meal. Funds from the auction will benefit owner Robert St. John's "Extra Table" charity.

The restaurant is scheduled to open in the next few days.

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