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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005 10:44 am | Updated: 10:03 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

February 24, 2005

Some of them are only celebrities on cable Channel 11 in Gilbert. Others you’ll see in Phoenix at the state capitol.

Still others have spent their careers helping residents in dangerous situations.

And all of them could help serve you dinner tonight.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is holding its fifth annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner at 6:30 p.m. today as a fund-raiser for the organization.

Local "celebrities" including Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman; Town Council members; police chief John Brewer; fire chief Collin Dewitt; State Reps. Andy Biggs and Eddie Farnsworth, both R-Gilbert; State Sen. Thayer Verschoor, R-Gilbert; Gilbert Unified School District Superintendent Brad Barrett; Gilbert Municipal Court Presiding Judge David Phares and Town Manager George Pettit will serve as waiters for the event.

Phares said the dinner reminds him of a Bible passage.

"‘The greatest among you shall be the servants,’ ’’ he said. "I don’t know if we’re the greatest, but some of the community leaders are definitely going to be doling out marinara sauce."

Phares said he was a waiter last year and had fun watching guests try to guess the answers to trivia questions about the celebrity waiters.

Carie Mudgett, the chamber’s vice president of special events, said the trivia this year includes the questions: "Who spent a night in jail?" "Who hopped a train once to go work for the circus?" And "Who was known by Northern Arizona University’s Sigma Nu fraternity as ‘Animal’?’’

The event will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at the Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse, 1600 E. Lakeside Drive. Dinner will be catered by

Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Check it out

Tickets for the Celebrity Waiters Dinner, set for 6:30 p.m. today in Gilbert, are $45 per person and may still be purchased. Information: (480) 926-6003.

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