Raising Cane’s founder/owner Todd Graves will join LSU football coach Les Miles, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, LSU’s new women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell, Southern University football coach Stump Mitchell, SU baseball coach Roger Cador, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Mayor Kip Holden and a host of other LSU and Southern coaches and local celebrities in doing all manner of things for tips at the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center’s fifth annual “Celebrity Waiters Event — An All-Star Tailgate” Monday at Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar Burbank location. Tickets for the event, which gets under way at 7 p.m., are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. They are available by calling (225) 343-1984 or online at http://www.batonrougecac.org.
Aside from complimentary food, wine, beer and soda, tailgate attendees can bid on a plethora of items in both silent and live auctions, including one-of-a-kind sports packages and autographed memorabilia. And while the waiters have always competed for tips, BRCAC is upping the ante this year by offering the waiter with the most tips a trip and a trophy and bragging rights to the winning team.
Last year’s winner, LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux, has already thrown down the gauntlet by actively soliciting tips in advance of the actual event. Her fellow competitors also include:
• Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White, Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith, Michael Foster with the Michael Foster Project, artist Tony Bernard, Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Paul Arrigo, former LSU baseball pitcher Patrick Coogan and Baton Rouge Community College women’s basketball coach Paula Lee.
• Assistant LSU football coaches John Chavis, Ron Cooper, Steve Ensminger, Billy Gonzales, Brick Haley, Steve Kragthorpe, Thomas McGaughey, Sherman Morris, Greg Studrawa and Frank Wilson.
• LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, Tiger Athletic Foundation CEO Ron Richard and Southern University Chancellor Jim Llorens.
• LSU coaches Tony Minnis, women’s tennis; Jeff Brown, men’s tennis; Karen Bahnsen, ladies golf; Chuck Winstead, men’s golf; David Geyer, swimming; Doug Shaffer, diving; Dennis Shaver, track and field; Fran Flory, women’s volleyball; Will Davis, assistant baseball.
• Southern coaches Brian Johnson, track; Sandy Pugh, interim women’s basketball; and Carlos Funchess, associate women’s basketball.
• Media celebrities Tammi Arender, WVLA Channel 33; Charles Hanigriff, Eagle 98.1; Joe Macaluso, The Advocate; Kimmie Rogers, “The Around Town Show”; Whitney Vann, WBRZ’s “2une-In”; and Josh Ward, Eagle 98.1 Traffic.