Gourmets and football fans alike certainly took delight at the Bridge House “Celebrity Waiter” fund-raiser at Gallier Hall on Jan. 23. The luncheon, catered by Chef Ed Preferred Products, began at 11:30 a.m., with special guest emcee Bobby Hebert (the former New Orleans Saints player) leading the day. He stood in for sportscaster Jim Henderson, who was originally slated to be the emcee, but was caught in North Carolina. “Bobby was very gracious and did a great job,” says Bridge House’s Wayne Olivio. For the luncheon, a variety of former and current National Football League stars and media personnel rose to the occasion and waited on the tables filled with 200 guests. The auction sold mainly football related items, including those from New Orleans Saints: an autographed Reggie Bush hat and jerseys signed by Deuce McAlister and Drew Brees. Overall, the event raised more than $17,000 for the Bridge House, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center offering services without regard to race, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or ability to pay.
Bobby Hebert, Bernard Roberts and Rich Mauti
Ron Krajewski, Wayne Olivio and Norm Hodgins
Jim Dombrowski, Keaton Cromartie, Joe Wendryhoski and Raion Hill