Local business leaders teamed up and helped raise money for community outreach programs on Thursday during the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s seventh annual Celebrity Server Luncheon at Bonefish Grill.
Business owners and leaders teamed up as art ambassadors and served guest in costumes representing the arts and entertainment industry. The celebrity servers competed for the best team costume and top celebrity team server. Guests voted by purchasing tickets and giving tips.
The luncheon benefited art programming for K-12 students, at risk youth, children and adults with special needs and the wounded warriors population.
“We will be able to reach out to the community with touring performances, interactive workshops and artist residencies,” said Melanie More, the foundation’s education director.
Moore said the event was expected to raise $10,000 to $12,000 for the foundation’s cause.
“We reach over 10,000 people every year because of events like this one,” she said.
MKAF’s Chief Executive Officer Marcia Hull said most people only think about the concerts and art residences when they think about MKAF, but it’s much more than that.
“Not only are we raising funds for our programs, we are also bringing awareness ... about our outreach art programs,” she said. “Our outreach programs are our heartbeat because not everyone in the community has access to the arts.”