Chris Gebhards (The Tin Man), Kim Brake (The Cowardly Lion), Jessica Johnson (Dorothy) and Becky Alitz (The Scarecrow) shared an informational skit for CH-F as the characters of the The Wizard of Oz. They also were part of the 150+ volunteers who help make the Celebrity Waiter Dinner possible.

Community Hospital-Fairfax hosted their annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner “Music of the Night” on March 25, 2017. Doors opened at 5 p.m., dinner was served at 6 p.m. with the show following. A delicious pork chop or chicken dinner was served by a cast of your all time favorite Broadway characters. Musical performances by local talent brought down the curtain.
This year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner was sponsored by the Community Healthcare Foundation of Community Hospital – Fairfax. Proceeds made during the event were going toward technological advancements in lifesaving medicine so that Community Hospital-Fairfax can better serve you, our community!
The Overture opened with The Fairfax High School Choir singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Bruce Jeffries, United Methodist Church of Rock Port, offered the invocation. Kris Umbarger, Community Healthcare Foundation, welcomed those attending, and Roger Steinkruger, Community Hospital-Fairfax CEO, also spoke.
Emcee for the Music of the Night was Debbie Martin as Dolly Levi. She introduced the celebrity performers: Fairfax High School Show Choir, The Main Street Showstoppers – “Take a Chance on Me,” Mamma Mia!; Kristi Sons (Elle Woods) – “So Much Better,” Legally Blonde; The Dance Studio at Heartland Recreation Center – Performances from CATS; Grace Martin (Audrey) and Colin Joesting (Seymour Krelborn) – “Suddenly Seymour,” Little Shop of Horrors; Josie Watkins (Glinda) – “Popular,” Wicked; Johnnie Davis and Randy Moffitt (Smothers Brothers) – Classic Comedy Act; Rhonda Herrick, Amanda Driskell, and Ambera Pearson – “I Will Follow Him” and “Oh, Happy Day,” Sister Act; Clint Dougherty – “You’ll Be Back,” Hamilton; Mikaela and Devon Sons – “The Song That Goes Like This,” Spamalot; Shawn Minter – “What I Did for Love,” Chorus Line; Barney Farley, Lee and Michelle Goolsby, Mike and Katia Hawkins, Josh Oswald, Crystal Woodring, and Janene McEnaney – “Hair,” Hair; Erica Taylor – “On My Own,” Les Miserables; Terri Jackson and Lynn Hunter – “Defying Gravity,” Wicked; Andrew Braams – “If I Can’t Love Her,” Beauty and the Beast; Rebekah Gebhards, Clint Doughtery, Lee Goolsby, Abby Palmer, and Dan and Rebekah Lucas – “Luck be a Lady,” Guys and Dolls, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Mikaela Sons – “She Used To Be Mine,” Waitress; BLABBA (Deb Wyatt, Deb Johnson, Malisa Linthicum, Lynn Hunter) – ABBA Medley, Mamma Mia! All cast members took the stage for the curtain call, and Shawn Minter performed the closing act.
Volunteers for the Celebrity Waiter Dinner were: Greeters – Jase Hughes and Dalton Brake; Hosts – Mike and Sandy Holley, Marion and Tonya Oswald, Toni Ray, Jason and Sarah Watkins, Stacy Hughes, Kim and Scott Stiens; Raffle Sellers – Pat Fisher, Charlotte Miller, Nyla Krabbenhoft, Bella Hurst, Lily Graves, Caitlyn Prater, Journi Burke; Rose and Mystery Bag Sellers – Cheryl Chastain, Trudy Martin, Jayne McFarland, Carla Summa, Nikki Hunter, Gay Martin, Lisa Mitchell, Sandy Fisher; Backstage Crew – Ben Lucas, Aaron Schlueter, Braden Graves; Spotlights – Sue and Gene Carder, Gary and Kay Smith; Rehearsal Coordinator: Susan Slaughter; Student Supervisors – Mike and Robin Lewis, Leisa Paris; Beverage Supervisors – Brian and Shannon Tharp; Shirt Ironing Party – Ginny Vernon, Marilyn Alldredge, Angie Wheeler Vernon, Krys Carlock, Kay Graves, Dannye Bradfield; Kitchen Helpers – Jackie Graves, Suzanne Southard, Becky Jones, Holly Swinehart, George Whittington, JoAn Whittington, Becky Chastain, Jayme Koop, Tabitha Wintz, Susan Liles, Tommie Miles, Christina Tullis, Marilyn Reed.
The Celebrity Waiter Cast featured the following:
Josh and Haley Wright – CATS; Brooks and Amy Hurst – The Phantom of the Opera and Christine Daae; Tommy and Blu Dow – Emile de Bacque and Ensign Nellie Forbush; Jon and Beth Graves – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Lucy Harris; Amber Zumbrunnen – Emma Carew; Chris and Chris Sticken – Shrek and Princess Fiona; Tristan Ray and Baylee Lewis – Rolfe and Leisl von Trapp; Kim Brake – The Cowardly Lion; Jessica Johnson – Dorothy Gale; Becky Alitz – The Scarecrow; Chris Gebhards – The Tin Man; Bonnie Erickson – Little Red Riding Hood; Ellie Dyer and Trey Graves – Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko; Brett and Shelby Hurst – Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart; Casey and Jackie Martin – Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian; Tracy Oswald – Amber Von Tussle; Ashlee Driskell – Tracy Turnblad; Cody Tubbs – Penny Pingleton; Jill and Ryan Kingery – Lucy and Charlie Brown; Tami Lansdown – Little Orphan Annie; and Dave Fast – Daddy Warbucks.
Student servers were: Dakota Allen, Katy Baker, Goldie Barnes, Sierra Bliesner, Karri Bowling, Ben Bowling, Leslie Bradley, Chloe Bruns, Alex Carroll, Catyn Chamberlain, Mason Chitwood, Ashley Christian, Anneliese Clauson, Zachary Clauson, Brody Cooper, Kilea Cooper, Johnny Davis, Beth Davis, Dayle Davis, Madi Driskell, Wyatt Driskell, McKenzie Frohn, Kelcie Gaines, Shelbie Gaines, Haley Garrison, Zach Garrison, Alyssa Garrison, Shanna Gilpin, Jesse Graves, Jaycee Graves, Jaelynn Hill, Carter Holecek, Max Hopkins, Deondre Hughes, Tori Jordan, Gavin Knapp, Melissa Lang, Madison Lesher, Anna Lester, Sarah Liles, Hannah Mace, Conner Marshall, Sophia Martin, Montana Martin, Maverick McFarland, Gabe Minter, Gena Mitchell, Tacy Mitchell, Olivia Morris, Shelbey Morris, Dillan Palmer, Hayley Palmer, Darius Skillen, Oliver Smith, Lexi Somerville, Christopher Sticken, Fischer Tharp, Gretchen Tharp, Shane Wallace, and Melanie Wilson.
This evening is made possible by the generous contributions of time, talent and hard work by the Celebrity Waiter Dinner Committee and CH-F staff: Susan Slaughter, Rhonda Herrick, Rebekah Gebhards, Sue Carder, Pat Fisher, Sandy Fisher, Krys Carlock, Sandy Holley, Jack and Ginny Vernon, Tonya Oswald, Jim and Leisa Paris, Amanda Driskell, Angie Wheeler Vernon, Marilyn Alldredge, Dannye Bradfield, JoAn Whittington, Becky Chastain, Matt, Aaron, Lizzie, Josh and Ann Schlueter, Becky Jones, Brian and Shannon Tharp, Shawn and Jodee Minter, Mike and Robin Lewis, Jake Johnson, Dina Ridley, Ellie Dyer, Chris Sticken, Ashlee Driskell, Marge and Bill Umbarger, Robin Salfrank, Treyvor and Kris Umbarger.
Goods and services were made by: Jim and Leisa Paris, Fairfax High School, Dustin Barnes, Hurst Greenery, CH-F Dietary and Maintenance, Tarkio First Baptist Church, Fairfax High School NHS and Class of 2018, Max Stout Studios, W.C. Farmer Photography, Northwest Missouri State University Theater Department, and the City of Fairfax.
Sponsors of this year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner were: Nebraska Medicine, Innovation Sponsor; Avangrid Renewables, Commitment Sponsor; Inspire Rehabilitation, Advanced Pork Systems, Colfax Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Commerce Bank, Doris Ann Stanton, Rock Port Telephone, Midwest Data Center, NorthwestCell, Roger and Mary Lou Steinkruger, Rogers Pharmacy, The Family of Lee Peters, The Ray Family, Integrity Sponsors; Citizens Bank & Trust, Dewhirst and DeMott Families, Hurst Farms, Leonard McEnaney Family, Martin S. Smith Trucking, LLC, Nodaway Valley Bank, and Sodexo Healthcare, Respect Sponsors; Aron Burke, M.D., Atchison County Development Corporation, Aunt Martha’s House Bed and Breakfast, Barney and Marty Farley, CH-F Advance Practice Nurses, CH-F Auxiliary, Docs Who Care, Dr. David Scarbrough, D.D.S., Empire District Gas, Fairfax Agency, Inc. – Robert and Marilyn Alldredge, Farmer Publishing / Tarkio Avalanche, Food Country, Friends of Community Hospital, Friends of Tarkio R-I, Garst Farms, Lucas Farms, Minter Funeral Chapel / Davis Funeral Home, Mound City News, Oregon Kiwanis Club, Oswald Bros., Senior Life Solutions, Bill and Susan Slaughter, Sky Ranch, St. Joseph Scottish Rite, Steve and Julie Joesting, Stoner Bartholomew Drug, Summer Lininger, Tarkio College, Tarkio Glass Company, Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care, David and Kay Gebhards, The Jackson Family, The Schlueter Family, Tiffany Care Centers, Tonya and Marion Oswald, Vernon Trucking / Tomboy Tools, and Wintz Family / Ma and Pa Automotive, Teamwork Sponsors; Alva and Dixie Stoner, Daybreak Cafe – Connie Dunkle, Doyne Swan, Ed and Teresa Salmond, Fairfax Kiwanis Club, Fairfax Xi Lambda Beta Sorority, George C. Laur, Grandchildren of Lee Peters: Jarod, Brock, Seth and Lillian, Jerilyn Primm, Kay Rosenbohm, KMA Broadcasting, Mike and Fran Minter, Patty Broermann Laur, R.S. Hillside Farms, Tarkio Rotary Club, and Wells Bank of Oregon, Service Sponsors.