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Players Serve Guests, Raise Funds at ‘Celebrity Waiters Gala’

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – The Coyotes are used to working hard on the ice for three periods. On Tuesday night, they found themselves hustling in a different way, serving three courses of an elegant meal to hungry guests as waiters at a popular charity function. Click HERE to view the photo gallery.

Thanks to their efforts, the Arizona Coyotes Foundation raised approximately $110,000 at its annual Celebrity Waiters Gala at The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale.





The players wore specially designed waiter-themed jerseys as they mingled with 150 guests and served them a salad, an entrée and dessert at the foundation’s signature event of the season.

“This gala is designed to be a very intimate event, and a great way for people to engage with our players,” said Liz Kaplan, the foundation’s executive director. “We top it off at 150 guests, and this allows them to get one-on-one time with our players. It’s also a nice opportunity for our players to talk to guests about their experience as a hockey fan and a fun way for all involved to get to know each other.”

Ten guests were seated at each of the 15 tables, and each table was assigned one Coyotes player as its “waiter.” After the meal, tips were gladly accepted and added to the total amount raised during the evening.

“Hockey players in general are all about having fun and doing stuff for the community,” rookie Max Domi said. “Coming out for a (charity) dinner and having some fun, I definitely wouldn’t say no to that. I’ve been looking forward to meeting some new people, and obviously we’re making a lot of money to do some good things. ”

Captain Shane Doan and special guest Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals roamed the dining area throughout the evening and interacted with guests. So did Head Coach Dave Tippett and Todd Walsh of FOX Sports Arizona, who served as the event’s emcee.

The silent and live auctions, the latter hosted by professional auctioneer Yve Rojas, were big hits and raised $53,305. All jerseys worn by the players at the gala were included in the silent auction and all were sold. Each player signed his jersey in front of the person who made the winning bid.

For more information on the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, click here.

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