Fund-raiser for WNCC |

Fund-raiser for WNCC

Joyce Hollister

East Fork paramedics came out on top in the three-part Denny’s Restaurant “Celebrity Servers” competition during the month of May.

The paramedics raised the most money in a special promotion designed to obtain funds for the Douglas campus of Western Nevada Community College, according to Tony Koo, a manager at Denny’s.

Other emergency personnel to compete for the honor of being the most celebrity of servers were Douglas County Sheriff’s officers and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers.

The paramedics raised $587.61, DCSO, $365.71 and the highway patrol, $343.61, for a total of $1,296.87.

“They outdid themselves,” said Denise Wilson, who with Koo, Phil Contini and Dorothy Gaudagni organized the events.

The Celebrity Server evenings were held May 10, 17 and 31 during the dinner hour, and all tips earned by the volunteer servers as well as from regular waitpersons, plus 10 percent of the price of meals served, were donated to WNCC’s Director of Development Helaine Jesse on Monday. Accompanying her was Kathy Halbardier, WNCC Douglas Task Force member and chairperson of the fund-raising campaign’s restaurant committee.

“We’re excited,” said Koo of the donation. “The most rewarding part of this was how enthusiastic these people were, the sheriff’s department, the highway patrol, the paramedics. These people went all out to help this event. It was wonderful how people wanted to get involved.

“I think the most rewarding thing is when I see people genuinely, sincerely want to help.”

Koo also thanked his managers for helping put on the event.

The WNCC Douglas campus, called Bently Hall, will open at its site at Bently Science Park in Minden Aug. 21. The public is invited to a grand opening celebration.

Meanwhile, fund-raising continues in order to pay off the construction loan. The committee is seeking about $70,000, and donations can be made by calling Jesse at 887-3164, or the Douglas center office in Gardnerville, 782-2413.