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Rock & Roll Celebrity Waiter Dinner Served up Fun to Benefit the Heights Foundation

Published: Oct 31, 2012 10:28 AM EDT

Event Hosted by Yabo Restaurant on October 15


Fort Myers, Florida (October 30, 2012) — “Celebrity” waiters served up food, fun and ‘Rock and Roll’ at the Heights Foundation’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner hosted by Yabo Restaurant on Monday, October 15.  Local musicians filled in as wait staff, performed and competed for tips that inspired bidding wars amongst guests. More than $15,000 was raised to benefit School Success programs for at-risk kids in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.


Members of the Juice, Alter Ego and the Danny Morgan Band along with Emmy-award winning flutist and composer Kat Epple, and singer-songwriter Wendy Webb performed for guests. Grammy-award winning songwriter Randy Thomas performed his hit “Butterfly Kisses” and guests were treated to a rendition of “Addicted to Love” and “Simply Irresistible” by Heights Foundation “Robert Palmer Girls.” 


“This event supports our mission to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood, through education, opportunity, and enrichment,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of the Heights Foundation.  “Because of the generous support of our friends and neighbors we are able to provide academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, college scholarships and support, school supplies, and tuition support.”


For more information about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center please call 239.482.7706, email, or visit their website at 


About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center


The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.  We work to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.  As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.  The Heights Center is under construction and will be completed this December.


Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community.   Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.

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