[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
85°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 22
1972 - Vasquez Rocks added to National Register of Historic Places [list]


SEE MORE PHOTOS [HERE]

 

Celebrity-Waiter-16

Photos by Austin Dave / SCVTV

Tippi Hedren, famous for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and operator of the Shambala wildlife preserve in Acton, made an appearance Saturday night at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Celebrity Waiter Dinner.

Also appearing at the event were Charles Howerton, best known for his Grumpy Grandpa role in Oscar Mayer commercials and reality star Luis Pizarro of “Operation Repo.”

Hedren, of Acton, said she was pleased to support such a “fabulous event for a wonderful organization.”

Howerton, of Woodland Hills, said he had “a great time” at the event. “This is really fun,” he said.

“Grumpy Grandpa’s” sentiment was echoed throughout the evening by guests who proclaimed the event, “the best party in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

Celebrity-Waiter-9Pizarro said he was happy to attend the event. “We’re all going to be seniors one day,” he said.

The dinner was sold out with 300 attendees, said Rachelle Dardeau, executive director of the SCV Senior Center.

“We’re thrilled to see so many residents and business of the Santa Clarita Valley support the Senior Center,” she said. “This means a great deal to us and to the seniors we serve. I hope everyone has a wonderful time.”

The theme of the event was “Journey Through Television” and guests came dressed in costumes from their favorite television programs.

Table themes included: “Survivor,” “Fantasy Island,” “Happy Days,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Oscars,” “Fox News,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Monday Night Football,” “The Walking Dead,” “Duck Dynasty,” “CSI,” “NCIS,” “Touched by an Angel,” “L.A. Law,” “Sex in the City,” “The Amazing Race,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and “Restaurant Impossible.”

Celebrity-Waiter-7The Celebrity Waiter head table boasted the theme of the “Vitameatavegamin” episode of “The Lucy Show” and Percy Dovetonsils from “The Ernie Kovacs Show.”

Best Theme Table was awarded to the “Grey’s Anatomy” table, which included guests dressed as doctors, nurses and patients.

The event, a fundraiser for the SCV Senior Center, included dancing to “surf” music and television theme songs performed by a live band, The Sound Waves. Guests also filled the dance floor in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Valencia to dance “the Twist” and “the Hokey Pokey.”

The Soundwaves choir, (a name almost identical to The Sound Waves band) from Valencia High School, sang a series of standards and other popular tunes.

In addition, the event featured a live auction and a contest among the “celebrity waiters” for most tips gathered throughout the evening.

Ovington Michael Owston captured the award for top waiter with the Poole & Shaffery “Happy Days” themed-table donating more than $7,600 in “tips” to the SCV Senior Center.

“This is my favorite night of the year,” said Owston, who has served repeatedly as a “celebrity waiter. “I love this event and I love the people. I do this to support the Senior Center, I love them.”

Celebrity-Waiter-27Linda Davies, of the SCV Domestic Violence Center, served her second tour as a celebrity waiter at this year’s event.

“Last year I was Gilligan, this year I’m Abby from ‘NCIS.’ It’s a fun table,” she said. “I think this is a really good cause and I want to help now, while I still have the energy.”

The cast of Celebrity Waiters opened the evening with a big dance number danced to the theme from “Bonanza.” They waved white napkins high over head and then exited the dance floor and lined up to be introduced by event emcee Bill Lively from the stage.

The event was co-chaired by Peggy Rasmussen and Greg Nutter.

Rasmussen said last year’s Celebrity Waiter event raised nearly $70,000 for the Senior Center.

Celebrity-Waiter-29“This is an important event for the Senior Center,” said Rasmussen. “The money raised here tonight is important for our seniors. I have to acknowledge the tremendous work of the committee and my co-chair, Greg Nutter, who have worked for months to put on this event. They are a great group of people and have a lot of passion for seniors and this event. We’re also so blessed to be working with a community that will open their hearts and give so generously.”

City Councilman Bob Keller presided over the live auction, exchanging witty repartee with Lively.

The 15-item live auction raised nearly $30,000. The most popular auction item was an ocean-front Maui beach house rental that fetched $9,000.

A barbecue for 30 people at the home of Bob and Kathy Kellar brought in $2,500. A Princess Cruise to the Caribbean or Mexican Riviera was purchased for $2,300.

In a last minute addition to the live auction Hedren offered a “happy hour meet-and-greet” with one lucky bidder. The one-of-a-kind item went for $900.

Total event proceeds will include sponsorships, dinner ticket sales and waiter “tips” and will be announced after all revenues and expenses are tallied.

 

About SCV Senior Center

Celebrity-Waiter-18The nonprofit SCV Senior Center in Newhall serves more than 10,000 seniors each year in the SCV with nutritional services, handworker services, respite services, supportive services, transportation services and lifelong learning, exercise and recreation programs.

Celebrity Waiter Dinner committee members included: Pat Allen, Chris Ball, Erica Betz-Cloyd, Hilde Brooks, Barbara Cochran, Rachelle Dardeau, Michel Delcros, Grace and Jack Elliott, Sue Endress, Mary Jane Hartman, Tracy Hauser, Jamie Kennedy, Pamela Kile, Geneva Knowles, Bill Lively, Joan Margolis-West, Jacqueline McKnelly, Marsha McLean, Amalia Mora, Chuck Morris, Judy Penman, Miriam Robles, Bob Wagstom, Rosalind Wayman and Pat Willett.

Celebrity-Waiter-30Volunteers scheduled to serve as “celebrity waiters” included: Alan Ferdman, Alienore Conrad, Dan Jimenez, Danise Davis, Dante Acosta, Debra Smith, Duane and Pauline Harte, Flo Lawrence, Frank McMahan, Frank Ovideo, George Cummings, Hannah Lively-Endicott, Jacqueline McKnelly, James Lively, Jeff Johnson, John Morris, Ken Dean, Ken and Patrice Rifkind, Ken Striplin, Laura Lively, Kathy Lively, Laurene Weste, Linda Davies, Lou Pizarro, Marsha McLean, Michel Delcros, Mikee Schwinn, Ovington Michael Owston, Patrick Biswell, Roasalind Wayman, TimBen Boydston, Trish Brown and Yolie Haramia.

Table sponsors included: KHTS, Comfort Keeps and Summerhill Villa, Edison, IHOP, Poole & Shaffery, City of Santa Clarita, Erica Betz-Cloyd, MAPS, Owen Patterson & Owen, Andy and Judy Fried, Bill Lively & Associates, Chiquita Canyon, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, L/B/W Insurance, Newhall Land, Option One Home Care, SYSO and Visiting Angels. Other sponsors included Magazine of Santa Clarita, SCVTV and The Signal.

The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St., Newhall. For more information visit scv-seniorcenter.org or call 661-259-9444.

 

Celebrity-Waiter-4

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NONPROFIT LINKS

NONPROFIT HEADLINES
Friday, Jun 22, 2018
The Robert T. Brentnall Pawsibilities Foundation, a Santa Clarita-based nonprofit animal rescue organization (Tax ID# is 47-5634745), is asking the community to help a family with a litter of German shepherd puppies, by adopting one or donating funds to help care for them.
Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
The ARTree still has openings for next week's Junior Arts Sampler and "I Made That!" pastel classes.
Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
There are spots still available on the Saugus Spartans Football program for kids between the ages of 6-8 years old.
Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
Adoption is a meaningful way for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California.
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
For the sixth consecutive year, Henry Mayo has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan announced the sixth ballot counting update for the June 5 Statewide Direct Primary Election on Friday.
Sixth Election Results Update for June 5 Primary Election
The Master's University women's cross country team released its 2018 schedule Friday, the highlight coming Nov. 3 when it hosts the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships at Central Park in Saugus.
TMU Women’s Cross Country Releases 2018 Schedule
Minimum wage laws change July 1, so the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and SCV law firm Poole & Shaffery, LLP will present a "Minimum Wage Forum" at College of the Canyons' University Center on Wednesday, August 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
August 1: Minimum Wage Forum at COC University Center
Allison Needham of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation outlines the top five digital trends shaping 2018 so far.
It’s Personal: 5 Digital Trends Shaping 2018
The Robert T. Brentnall Pawsibilities Foundation, a Santa Clarita-based nonprofit animal rescue organization (Tax ID# is 47-5634745), is asking the community to help a family with a litter of German shepherd puppies, by adopting one or donating funds to help care for them.
Animal Rescue Group Seeks Help for German Shepherd Puppies
CalArts School of Art faculty member Shirley Tse will represent Hong Kong at the 2019 Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy, happening now through November 2019.
CalArts’ Shirley Tse to Represent Hong Kong at Venice Biennale
University administrators are falling short in their responsibilities to swiftly hold accountable staff and faculty named in sexual violence complaints and align disciplinary policies with federal guidelines, according to a state audit released Thursday of three University of California campuses.
UCLA, 2 More UC Campuses Faulted for Sex Misconduct Process
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments from four additional industry partners – AMC Networks, Moving Picture Institute, Telsey + Company, and Xperi – to participate in Academy Gold, an entertainment industry-wide internship enhancement and mentorship program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.
Academy Launches Summer ‘Gold’ Diversity Internships
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in their meeting Tuesday will consider a motion urging California to create an emblem program for licensed cannabis stores so consumers will know which stores are legal.
Supes Propose Statewide Cannabis Store Licensing Program
The JetHawks began the second half of the 2018 season with a win, beating Inland Empire, 7-5, at The Hangar Thursday night.
JetHawks Start Strong in Second Half, Beat IE 7-5
After four weeks of spirited voting, USA Today announced Friday that readers have voted Six Flags Magic Mountain the winner of the 2018 Best Theme Park contest.
USA Today: Six Flags Magic Mountain No. 1 Theme Park
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, June 26, starting at 9:30 a.m.
June 26: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
The state of California has a list of more than 10,000 known individuals in illegal possession of firearms, but has not provided adequate resources for law enforcement to recover their weapons, Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) said in a statement Friday.
After Firearms Raid, Acosta Calls for More Law Enforcement Funding
A voter-approved ballot measure aimed at reducing California’s prison population and ending racial disparities in the war on drugs has produced most of the cost-saving, equity-focused results it promised, with some exceptions, according to a study published Thursday.
Study: Prop. 47 Decreased Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests
A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy reportedly clocked a Las Vegas woman driving 93 miles an hour near the Saugus Speedway and arrested her on charges of excessive speed and reckless driving late Wednesday night.
Nevada Woman Arrested for Speeding, Reckless Driving in Saugus
1972 - Vasquez Rocks added to National Register of Historic Places [list]
The ARTree still has openings for next week's Junior Arts Sampler and "I Made That!" pastel classes.
ARTree Summer Classes Still Available
The Santa Clarita Arts Commission will hold a study session, Monday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m.
June 25: Arts Commission Study Session
The California Enterprise Development Authority will hold a teleconference meeting, Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
June 28: California Enterprise Development Authority Teleconference Meeting
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m.
June 26: Santa Clarita City Council Special Meeting
Firefighters are battling a brush fire at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill that started around 3:00 p.m. Thursday.
Firefighters Battling 1-2 Acre Fire Near Newhall Pass
Glenn Frankel and Keri Walsh have been named 2018 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Academy Honors 2018 Film Scholars
Join the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and Sweat Box Sauna Bar as they celebrate the opening of their new location.
June 27: Grand Opening Celebration Sweat Box Sauna Bar
Fresh Mustang connections to Major League Baseball didn't end with the draft earlier this month. Master's graduate David Sheaffer, who transferred before his final collegiate season to pursue an international MBA program, signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners on June 10.
TMU Alum Signs with Seattle Mariners
There are spots still available on the Saugus Spartans Football program for kids between the ages of 6-8 years old.
Spots Still Open on Saugus Spartans Football Program
An already extremely tight inventory bumped into rising interest rates to further complicate home sales during May in the Santa Clarita Valley, which saw drops in home and condominium closed escrows compared to a year ago, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Thursday.
SCV Home, Condo Sales Drop Amid Tight Inventory, Rising Interest Rates
Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station are looking for a male suspect who stole a tip jar from a local coffee shop. Details below are from the Facebook page of the SCV Sheriff's Station:
Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Nabbing Tip Jar Thief
Adoption is a meaningful way for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California.
July 28: Children’s Bureau Foster Care, Adoption Information Meeting
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, June 22, in the city of Santa Clarita in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
LASD to Conduct Specialized Motorcycle Safety Operation
LOS ANGELES – According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, air quality will be unhealthy for all individuals in Santa Clarita Valley and for sensitive individuals in East San Gabriel Valley area tomorrow, Friday, June 22.
Air Quality Advisory Issued for SCV
1941 - Ernie Hickson buys out Trem Carr's interest in their Monogram movie ranch, renames it "Placeritos" (later called Melody). [story]
CalArts alumna and faculty member Brigette Barrager (BFA Film/Video 07) was awarded the Christopher Award for Distinguished Achievement for her illustration of "Pocket Full of Colors."
CalArts Faculty Brigette Barrager Wins Christopher Award
"Window Lace," the first exhibit by CalArts students to be presented at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall, is now open on the mall's first floor across from H&M and will be on display through the end of summer 2018.
CalArts Opens its First Art Exhibit at Westfield Valencia Mall
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that Jennifer Todd has won the runoff election for the open Producers Branch seat on the 2018–19 Board of Governors.
Producer Jennifer Todd Voted to Academy Board of Governors
California's median home price reached a new high in May, while home sales retreated both on a monthly and annual basis, wiping out most of the gains posted for the year, the California Association of Realtors said Tuesday.
California Median Home Price Hits Record High, Sales Drop in May
In an effort to transform California’s relationship to energy markets in the western region of the country, lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would merge California into a regional energy market.
California’s Controversial Energy-Grid Bill Advances