Celebrity Waiters earning tips for Relay for Life and seeking bragging rights

By  | April 16, 2018 | Filed under: News

ATHENS-For three years, East Limestone Band Director Jennifer “Miss Sam” Janzen and Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks have had a friendly battle over who can raise the most in tips for the City of Athens Relay for Life Celebrity Waiters Night.


For three years, Janzen has won the battle.


This year, Marks is predicting if he cannot beat her, rookie Celebrity Waiter Athens High Football Coach Cody Gross will bring the title to Athens.


Janzen’s short reply was, “We will see.”


The public can see who will raise the most in tips on Tuesday, April 17, from 5-8 p.m. at Applebee’s in Athens. Marks, Janzen and Gross, will also compete against Celebrity Waiters who know how to earn tips:


  • Athens City Councilman Frank Travis, who already has received tip donations.
  • Athens Police Officer Michael Stainbrook, who plans to dress in costume.
  • Athens Firefighter Jordan Pugh, who is a rookie looking to show up the Police Department’s waiter.
The annual City of Athens Relay for Life Celebrity Waiters Night will feature:
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks
Athens City Councilman Frank Travis
Athens High Football Coach Cody Gross
Reigning champ East Limestone Band Director Jennifer “Miss Sam” Janzen
Athens Police Officer Micheal Stainbrook in costume
Athens Firefighter Jordan Pugh

“No matter who wins or loses the competition, we all win because we are working to fight cancer and support our community,” said Marks.


However, Marks did have to present a key to the City of Athens to Janzen’s band students last year for losing a side bet with Janzen. Last year Janzen raised $1,231.65 and Marks raised $850.


Those who cannot attend the event at Applebee’s can support their favorite waiter by sending donations to Holly Hollman, City of Athens Relay, P.O. Box 1089, Athens, AL 35612. Please note which waiter is to receive credit for the donation.

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