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Celebrity Waiter Night brings in record haul for concerts
Thirteen well-known local personalities waited tables at Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant Wednesday evening in the return of the Celebrity Waiter Night raising record level of funds for the upcoming Concerts in the Park series.

During the first hour between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. waiters included former Ceres Police Chief Pete Peterson, Soroptimist Club member Paula Phipps, Ceres High basketball coach Brian de la Porte and PMZ agent Josh Letras. Peterson, who served as chief in the 1980s and 1990s, waited on tables occupied by his wife, Karen, police department clerk Cheryl Carpenter and Kathy and Bryce Stevenson.

The second hour brought on a shift served by Fire Chief Bryan Nicholes, former CUSD trustee Stan Sinclear, Mayor Chris Vierra, Diamond Bar Arena owner Shane Parson and Soroptimist member and community activist Arlene Vilas.

City Councilman Bret Durossette, CUSD trustee and former mayor Eric Ingwerson, Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges and baseball organizer Lance Goblirsch waited tables during the last hour.

When it was all over the local celebrities collected $2,468.42.

"It got crazy busy," said organizer Becki Barton Nicholes, who said she would be happy to raise $800 at the outset of the event. "It was just an unbelievable night of support in our community and people having a great time and working their buns off."

The event even drew Kenny and Kathy Cotner from Mariposa. Ken Cotner served as a firefighter years ago with Bryan Nicholes.

The 23rd annual Concert in the Park series begins June 7. Concerts, sponsored by the city of Ceres Recreation Department, will be held Tuesdays, June 7 through July 12 at Whitmore Park in downtown Ceres. Concerts will start at 6:30 p.m. and concessions will be offered by local youth groups.