Boys & Girls Clubs Raise $32,000 at Sullivan Celebrity Dinner

Forty Local Celebrity Servers Make This Dinner Biggest Event in Club History

The Boys & Girls Clubs raised $32,000 at their sold-out 4th Annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner at The Clubhouse at The Villa Roma on March 9th.

This year’s theme was “TV Shows From My Childhood” and the forty local celebrities who formed this year’s teams decorated their tables and dressed in costume according to themes like “The Flintstones,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “M*A*S*H” to serve the 350 guests who attended the event and to compete in the annual “Tip Challenge.”

Honorary Event Chairman Greg Goldstein said, “I am normally not at a loss for words, but this event was totally a great effort on the part of our Celebrity Servers and their guests. I am thrilled that we raised so much money for an important organization that helps kids who are less fortunate.”

The Celebrity Servers also participated in a series of challenges based on old television shows like “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Newlywed Game” and “Password,” for a chance to add $100 to their tips! These server challenges were sponsored by Combined Energy Services, The Misner Agency, Misner Benefits, FOCUS Media, Woodbourne Lawn & Garden, The Briggs & Sipple Agency, Catskill Brokers, Inc., Kristt-Kelly Office Systems and Knack, Pavloff & Company.

In the end, the “Italian Stallion” team of Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini, and radio personalities Michelle Semerano and Paul Ciliberto took home the Tip Challenge victory, netting more than $4400 in tips! The Italian Stallion team chose wrestling as their theme and Hilltop Homes built them a set of custom wrestling ropes to surround their tables.
Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Board President Gerry Skoda and JP McGuirk and Constance Lawrence received second place for their “The Beverly Hillbillies” team, who raised $3300 in tips and featured a Granny look-alike and a live bloodhound as part of their team.

Third place went to the “Gilligan’s Island” team of Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson, Deputy Treasurer Nancy Buck and Allison Horan, who raised $3000 for their efforts.

Alexis Eggleton, Executive Director for the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs said, “The generosity displayed at the Celebrity Dinner was simply overwhelming, and the money raised at the event will go directly to serving local children at our programs here in Sullivan County. Our Celebrity Servers are helping the Clubs ensure great futures start here!”
The Clubs also debuted a new video to give viewers an inside look at their programs, wiith music accompaniment from a Monticello Club member. The video was captured by Sullivan County photographer Michael Bloom and produced by Walden native John Kidd.
It is available at www.bgcorange.org.