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RiverKings players waited tables for charity Tuesday

November 16, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

SOUTHAVEN --- The food was finger-licking good; the drinks were cold and the service, well...

Memphis RiverKings players tried their hands at a new profession Tuesday night, November 14, as part of the annual Player/Waiter Dinner. From 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. players served up the diner's choice of catfish, chicken fried chicken, country fried steak, or chicken fingers.

Fifty-nine fans attended the third annual Player/Waiter Dinner, hosted at Dale's Restaurant in Southaven, to raise money in support of the RiverKings With A Cause fund.

Those in attendance enjoyed the night tremendously. "It's an entertaining evening. We enjoy getting to meet and mingle with the players," Kaye Merrill shared. She and her husband, Alfred, are RiverKings season ticket holders who met a new friend at this year's Player/Waiter Dinner, Nina Armstrong. Nina also a season ticket holder, sat with the Merrill's at dinner. Together the three enjoyed service with a smile from RiverKings forward Tyler McGregor.

Though many of the players had no serving experience prior to the event most enjoyed their first attempt. "It's fun," RiverKings defensemen Jason Tessier said. "It's nice for the fans to see us out doing normal things, trying our hands at something different and realizing we're bad at it," Jason said with a smile. He went on to comment, "It's a strength of the CHL, in general, and the RiverKings organization specifically that we (players) get to be more accessible to our fans."

A variety of items were up for raffle at the event as well. Monies raised from the raffle went to further support the RiverKings With A Cause fund. Hannah Russell, who won a RiverKings pennant in the raffle, enjoyed the entire evening. "It's fun to get to talk with my favorite players and get autographs," she said.

The night was very successful raising over $900 for the RiverKings With A Cause fund which gives back proceeds from this and other special events to non profit organizations that partner with the RiverKings. In addition to the monies raised from the event the aprons worn, and autographed, by players will be auctioned off during the RiverKings' home games this weekend Friday and Saturday.

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CUT LINE 11.14.PLAYERWAITER01 - RiverKings forward Tyler McGregor serves the Bringle family their food during the third annual RiverKings Player/Waiter Dinner, hosted by Dale's Restuarant in Southaven. The event raised over $900 to benefit RiverKings With A Cause. A program supporting non profit organizations that partner with the RiverKings.

CUT LINE 11.14.PLAYERWAITER02 - RiverKings forward Sheldon Wenzel serves Jim and Kim Jones and family their dinner during the third annual RiverKings Player/Waiter Dinner. The dinner hosted by Dale's Restuarant in Southaven, raised over $900 to benefit RiverKings With A Cause, a program supporting non profit organizations that partner with the RiverKings.

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