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September 25, 2009 - Concerts for Kids celebrity waiters serve up boisterous fun

What: Concerts for Kids dinner fundraiser

Where: Elway's of Cherry Creek

When: Friday, September 25, 2009

Time: 5:30-10 pm

Ticket Prices: Cost of dinner, plus any gratuities for celebrity antics

Beneficiary: Concerts for Kids

EMCEE: Josh Davies, Sage Hospitality

Founders: Walter and Christie Isenberg

Staff: Sally Hallingstad, Amber Strickland, Corey Hennegan, Judy Ellis

Entertainment: Comedian Dom Irrera

Music: Jam-N-Sounds with host Jamal Ross

Menu: Elway's dinner menu

Attendance: Around 500

Attire: Business casual (and costumes for waitstaff)


Event Coordinator: Sally Hallingstad

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 She wanted former NFL QB Brian Griese in a pink tutu and he couldn't say no.
She wanted former NFL QB Brian Griese in a pink tutu and he couldn't say no.

What will local celebrities do to earn money for a good cause? Plenty, as guests found out at the fifth annual Concerts for Kids Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser, held Sept. 25 at Elway’s in Cherry Creek.

Throughout the evening, around 500 diners enjoyed the sumptuous dinner menu from Elway’s—cash tips for "Truth or Dare"-type antics passed from customers to celebrities, and directly on to more than 30 non-profits supported by Concerts for Kids. Celebs dished out charm and impromptu entertainment in heaping helpings of boisterous good fun...the end result was like a Talent Show Gone Wild. Most dressed up in costume (at least we hope that’s what they were intended to be), and a few belted out karaoke tunes for extra dollars. Others signed autographs and everyone in the restaurant clearly had a great time. Nationally known comedian Dom Irrera entertained with a short set early on, and four local firefighters featured in the 2010 Fired Up For Kids calendar fanned the flames of admiring females. The entire crew of genial celebs posed for photos throughout the evening—despite the fact that most shots have obvious tabloid potential.

Christie Isenberg, president and co-founder of the organization, said, “We are excited to have our event once again at Elway’s. The food, atmosphere and staff are the perfect combination to make our event a success.” Staff members said they always look forward to this particular fundraiser as much as their guests. And why not? Great food, off-the-wall fun and money raised for kids’ charities are a winning combination.

2009 Celebrity Waiters:
Host and Hostess: Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld, 
Denver Philanthropists
Clint Hurdle, former manager of the Colorado Rockies
Brian Griese, former NFL quarterback
Mark Huebner, Denver Pizza Company and participant on The Bachelorette
Don Elliman, Chief Operating Officer--State of Colorado
Walter Isenberg, Sage Hospitality
Terry Vitale, Colorado Expressions Magazine
Matt Selby, Vesta Dipping Grill/Steuben’s
Troy Guard, TAG restaurant
Paul Powers, Pauls Corporation
Sean McNicholas, Continental Divine Catering
Frank Schultz, Tavern Hospitality Group
Kelly Brough, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Tasha Valenti, The Look Salon
Molly Hughes, CBS4
Tom Knutson, Southern Wine & Spirits
Denise Plante, KOSI 101.1 FM
Andi Leahey, Kentwood City Properties


Concerts For Kids is a Denver non-profit that produces adult-targeted events to raise funds and awareness for local children’s charities. Christie and Walter Isenberg created the organization in 2004 with the vision of enriching the lives of children by providing quality healthcare and educational opportunities. From the group’s annual concert to its yearly Community Day, more than 30 non-profits benefit from Concerts For Kids. For more information, visit

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