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Response Inc. to resurrect annual fundraiser event

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Wit 'N' Waiter Wahoo returns with local figures trying to earn most tips as servers

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- Response Inc. is doing what it knows best -- responding.

After a year's absence of the organization's annual Wit 'N' Waiter Wahoo fundraiser, the event is returning Nov. 5 at the John O. Marsh Armory. A buffet and auction was held last year in an attempt to add a fresh take, but officials found that the response wasn't as good financially.

The organization's finance committee elected to bring back Wit 'N' Waiter, in which well-known local residents vie for the most tips as they serve as waiters and waitresses, and the familiarity should be an attraction once again, Executive Director Kristie Wilkin said.

"I think it's the atmosphere, the fun, and some of our live auction items," she said.

Response is dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Shenandoah County. Its number of cases has been going up as funding sources, primarily grants, have decreased, Wilkin said. From July to September, there was a 7 percent increase in the number of nights people used its shelter compared to last year, as well as hikes in hotline calls, youths served, court clients and supportive counseling sessions.

"People are reaching out more for help, which is good," Wilkin said. "It's what we're here for."

But it doesn't exist without community support, and hence comes the fundraiser. The auction items that are a part of it include a trip to Smith Mountain Lake, a Greek dinner for six, and a pool party and barbecue for 10. Guest waiters include Woodstock Mayor Jeremy McCleary and county Fire Chief Gary Yew.

Tickets are $45, or two for $100, which includes a sponsorship. Reservations must be made by Nov. 2.

A dance featuring The Instigators will be held after the dinner benefit. Persons who want to attend only the dance can do so for $15 per person, or $25 a couple.
For more information, call 459-5599.






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