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Denny’s offers a unique fundraiser for WNCC

Joyce Hollister

Highway patrolmen serving you dinner? Paramedics passing the coffeepot instead of an IV? Sheriff’s deputies taking your order instead of giving you a ticket?

That’s what awaits Carson Valley diners at Denny’s Restaurant in Minden as a unique fund-raiser called “Celebrity Servers” earns money for the Western Nevada Community College building fund May 10, 17 and 31.

The pressure is on as Nevada Highway patrolmen, East Fork Paramedic District paramedics and Douglas County sheriff’s officers try to bring in the most money. The idea for the event came from one of Denny’s managers, Tony Koo, who had used a similar function in Sacramento to raise funds for a community charity.

The group who raises the most cash will be dubbed the winning “Celebrity Servers.” To go along with the theme, the names of the servers and that of their organizations will be placed, Hollywood-style, in chalk on the concrete walk leading up to Denny’s front door.

Highway patrolmen will be serving May 10. On May 17, it will be the paramedics, and on May 31, Douglas County sheriff’s personnel.

The servers will be helped out by Denny’s regular waitpersons, who will be donating their tips during the hours of 6-8 p.m. those three evenings. In addition, 10 percent of all meals sold during the time period will also be donated to the WNCC college campus campaign.

“All of our regular waitresses are willing to give up their regular tips for this charitable event,” Koo said.

Denny’s has pledged to donate $5,000 to the Western Nevada Community College’s Bently Hall in Minden, which will open Aug. 21.

A number of fund-raising activities have been held at the restaurant, including Bingo nights on Wednesdays and a recent drawing for a free bike with a $1 donation.