$2.1 Million Raised During "Waiting for Wishes" Celebrity Waiters Dinner over 16 years!

Kevin Carter, NFL veteran, Super Bowl Champion and College Game Day Analyst on ESPNU and co-host Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts held the 16th Annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiters Dinner at The Palm Restaurant on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  The star-studded event benefitted The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee.  The event raised funds to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Nashville’s premier celebrity event raised $125,000 at this year's event and has now raised more than $2.1 million for charity since its inception in 2002.  
50+ Celebrities joined in to wait tables, sign autographs and perform at Waiting for Wishes 2017. 
Jay DeMarcus, Kevin Carter, Beth Torres and Ben Hanback 

The sold out celebrity event was an exclusive, VIP evening where Carter and DeMarcus invited professional athletes, country music artists and various celebrities from all over the country to take over The Palm as servers before they went over to Honky Tonk Central for the Official After-Party – Jammin’  with Jay DeMarcus & Friends.  The event, presented by The Campbell Family Foundation and 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.  Nearly fifty celebrities joined in to wait tables, sign autographs and perform at the after-party. 

Tom Luginbill, Kevin Carter, Titus O'Neil and Jay DeMarcus
Celebrities included Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, country music artists Craig Campbell, Eric Paslay, Lindsay Ell, Hunter Hayes, Cassadee Pope, John Rich, Kellie Pickler, Halfway to Hazard, Kyle Jacobs, Hollywood actors Stephen Dorff, Michael Cudlitz, Marty Kove, Jonathan Schaech, Kristy Swanson, ESPN’s Charles Arbuckle, Rachel Baribeau, Jason Fitz, Elika Sadeghi, Maria Taylor, Tom Luginbill, Sage Steele, media personalities Bonnie Bernstein, Jenn Brown and Storme Warren, comedian Kevin Farley, ABC’s The Bachelor/Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe, Shawn Booth, Luke Pell and Chris Soules, current and former Titans players Marcus Mariota, Chris Spencer and Michael Roos and fighters Randy Couture, Mike Perry and WWE’s Titus O'Neil.

The Dinner – The Palm Restaurant
The evening began with a cocktail reception for patrons at 5:45 p.m., followed by The Palm's famous "Surf & Turf" dinner. A premier silent and live auction featured exotic trips, autographed celebrity memorabilia, and once in a lifetime experiences.  The celebrities served guests, signed autographs, and accepted donations to indulge the lively crowd. 

The Official After-Party
In 2012 “Waiting for Wishes” expanded to include an Official After-Party – “Jammin’ with Jay DeMarcus & Friends.”  This informal jam session is tons of fun for patrons and servers alike. “Jammin’ with Jay DeMarcus & Friends” has featured impromptu performances from artists like Rick Springfield, Darius Rucker and Big & Rich. 

“I am again so grateful to be able to host this incredible event in Nashville,” said ESPNU Analyst Kevin Carter.  “I’m thankful to my co-host Jay DeMarcus and the unbelievable celebrities that show up to wait tables for our patrons each year.  I am thrilled when I think about how many wishes we’ve been able to grant for children with life-threatening illnesses through our fundraising efforts and this event for the past fifteen years.”

Allison DeMarcus, Savannah Chrisley and Jay DeMarcus
Craig Campbell, Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Stephen Dorff
John Rich and Vince Neil
Marcus Mariota and Jay Demarcus

The event is sponsored by The Campbell Family Foundation, HCA, AudioDeluxe, Aon, PAR, Tennessee Titans, The Hilton Downtown Nashville, Empire Distributors, DET Distributing, Donatos Pizza, MStreet Properties, Nashville Lifestyles, RJ Young, The Palm, Matchless Transportation, Honky Tonk Central, Ego Design, Lipman, JewelBox and Tito’s Vodka.

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.Kevin-Carter.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
Michael Dunn, Cassidy Reece, Tresa Halbrooks and Jen Baiada

LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events is proud to work with clients like Kevin Carter, Jay DeMarcus and The Kevin Carter Foundation to impact the community!  Thank you for allowing us to produce this event. It was an amazing 16th year!  

LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events is a boutique firm that focuses on serving high profile clients ranging from professional athletes, entertainers and celebrities to small businesses and corporate entities. We work with our clients on a variety of needs as it relates to their image and branding, public relations, publicity and media, philanthropy and giving as well as complete event planning and production.  For more information, please visit www.Legacy-PR.com.

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