Celebrities trade in uniforms for aprons at inaugural DHS Celebrity Server Luncheon

The Destin Log

More than 150 guests joined some of the biggest names in sports and the local community as they traded in their helmets, sneakers, bats, and uniforms for trays and aprons at the Edge Seafood Restaurant and Skybar on Feb. 16.  

Okaloosa County Commissioner Mel Ponder, left, and Pete Smith brought in the most money in tips for the fundraising event.

The event benefited Destin High School’s Athletics program. Athletic department fundraising is necessary to pay for field rental, officials and uniforms for 25 sports. 

Guests of the event enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, entrees, and dessert as they had the opportunity to rub elbows with celebrities such as:  

The celebrity server luncheon at the Edge raised $12,500.54 for Destin High School’s athletic program. DHS plans to do the event again next year.
  • Coach Tommy Bowden, former Head Coach of Clemson University and Tulane University 
  • Pete Smith, former Atlanta Braves player 
  • John Rocker, former Atlanta Braves player 
  • Danny Collins, former Pittsburgh Pirates player 
  • Bob Bratkowski, former assistant NFL and NCAA football coach 
  • E.G. Green, former Indianapolis Colts, FSU player and FSU Hall of Fame Inductee 
  • Miles Jones, Major Lacrosse League player 
  • Mel Ponder, Board of Okaloosa County Commissioners 
  • Ben Anderson, Okaloosa County Tax Collector 
  • Jim Luttrell, DHS Founding Board Member 
  • Charlie Nix, Under Sheriff 

There was a friendly competition between the celebrity servers to show who could raise the most money in tips, which were donated to the high school. The first place "Moneymaker Award '' was awarded to Mel Ponder and Pete Smith, who raised $1,440 in tips between the two event seatings. Jim Lutrell and Danny Collins took second place with $1,020 in tips.  

Coach Tommy Bowden speaks to the group gathered for the event at the Edge.

Professional photographer Micha Everett donated her time to help capture the event and take pictures of guests with their favorite celebrities, and local businesses donated raffle items to raise additional funds.  

The celebrity server luncheon raised $12,500.54 for Destin High School’s athletic program. DHS plans to do the event again next year.