14th Annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner and Official After-Party to be held on April 7, 2015
Posted by Acoya Gibbons

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--- January 26, 201514 year NFL veteran and Titans player, now sports analyst on ESPNU, Kevin Carter, will host his 14th Annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner to benefit The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee at The Palm Restaurant on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.  Nashville’s premiere celebrity event, “Waiting for Wishes” has raised more than $1.7 million for charity since its inception in 2002.  The annual event is expected to sell out and tickets are limited. The event raises funds to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

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The celebrity event, co-hosted by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, is an exclusive, VIP evening where Carter, NFL teammates, other professional athletes and country music artists along with various celebrities take over The Palm as servers before they head over to Honky Tonk Central for the Official After-Party – Jam with Jay DeMarcus & Friends.   The event, presented by HCA, continues to be one of the most unique celebrity events in the country and is considered a “must attend” event for patrons and participants alike.

Over fifty celebrities joined in to wait tables, sign autographs and sing at the after-party in 2014.  An eclectic mix of celebrities appear each year and this year will be no different with country artists Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Frankie Ballard, 80’s Pop Singers Rick Springfield and Tiffany, ABC’s TV hit NASHVILLE’s Chip Esten (Deacon), NFL Vikings Jared Allen, Olympic Skater Scott Hamilton, America’s Got Talent’s Jimmy Rose, Big Brother’s Jeff Schroder, the Voice of the UFC Mike Goldberg and champion boxer Antonio Tarver making appearances to name a few.  

“I am so grateful to be able to continue this incredible event so many years after my NFL career,” said Kevin Carter who can now been seen on ESPN.  “I’m grateful to my co-host Jay DeMarcus and the unbelievable celebrities that show up to wait tables for our patrons each year.  As we celebrate fourteen years of making dreams come true for children, I am humbled to know that our efforts have granted about 340 wishes for children in middle Tennessee during that time.”

The Dinner – The Palm Restaurant
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception for patrons at 5:45 p.m., followed by The Palm's famous "Surf & Turf" dinner and a brief program hosted by former News 2 anchor, John Dwyer.  A premiere silent and live auction will feature exotic trips, autographed celebrity memorabilia, and once in a lifetime experiences.  The celebrities will serve guests, sign autographs, and accept donations to indulge the lively crowd.  Tickets are all-inclusive at $550 per person or $3,600 for a table of 8 and include the reception, dinner and after-party.  Space is limited.  For reservations, contact Paige Dixon at 615-742-3193 or pdixon@thepalm.com. 

The Official After-Party – Honky Tonk Central
Because the event itself sells out so quickly, in 2012 “Waiting for Wishes” expanded to include an Official After-Party for those who want to join in the fun after the main event.   The 2015 “Jam with Jay DeMarcus & Friends” will be held from 8 p.m. until close at Honky Tonk Central. This informal jam session is tons of fun for patrons and servers alike, and will feature a few guests and friends unable to make it to the main event.  “Jam with Jay DeMarcus & Friends” has featured music from Rick Springfield, Tiffany, Scotty McCreary, Chip Esten, Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, Darius Rucker, Keith Anderson, Kristen Kelly and Low Cash Cowboys.  You never know you will jump up on stage from the crowd.

A great event for all music lovers, and perfect for those with benevolent hearts, all After Party proceeds benefit The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee. While the After-Party is included in the price of the dinner ticket, it is sold separately for those who want to attend the After-Party only.  Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at www.waitingforwishes.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so order now.   This event is expected to sell out.

Regarding the event’s enormous growth and success, Carter states “I attribute the success of this event to this incredible community, their spirit of giving, and their commitment to changing the circumstances of those in need.  I am also very blessed to have a wonderful committee of volunteers who never get enough credit for the amazing work they do each year.  I couldn’t do it without their continued support in handling all the details of the event.” 

In previous years, the star-studded lineup has included a cast of NFL players and veterans such as Drew Brees, Cris Collinsworth, Jim McMahon, Matt Hasselbeck, Derrick Mason and Tim Couch as well as UFC fighter Chuck Lidell and Diamond Dallas Page of WWE fame.  Artists John Rich, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, LeeAnn Rimes, Billy Zabka from the Karate Kid, Hollywood actor, writer and director Johnathan Schaech and various other celebrities from the entertainment industry have also joined together for this special evening.

The event is sponsored by HCA, PAR, The Palm, The Hilton, Honky Tonk Central, Tito’s Vodka, Horizon, Matchless Transportation and Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.  Sponsorships are still available; contact Tresa Halbrooks at LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events at 615-669-6058.

More About The Kevin Carter Foundation
Kevin and Shima Carter founded The Kevin Carter Foundation to enrich the lives of children focusing on youth and character development.  Carter often quotes his father’s saying, "To whom much is given, much is expected," and admits he tries to live by that today.  For more information, visit
www.waitingforwishes.com or go to the foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waitingforwishes.

The Kevin Carter Foundation will make a donation to Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee, the primary beneficiary of "Waiting for Wishes" with the proceeds of the event.  Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  www.middletennessee.wish.org


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