About Us

The Celebrity Waiters Luncheon was founded in 1984 by Gene Juarez with the help of Dick Friel, Michael Malone, David Wymann, Jr. (Phil Smart Jr.), Brooks Whittle, and Ron Neubauer.  Their objective was to create a unique and innovative lunchtime auction comprised with key business and community leaders. Guests are invited to sit at their table and are waited on by their Celebrity Waiter host. The waiter encourages their table guests to bid on auction items, donate through raise the paddle and “tip” their waiter throughout this fun-filled, themed event. This inventive formula has made Celebrity Waiters Luncheon one of the most successful daytime Seattle auctions for over 34 years.

Our Mission

The Celebrity Waiters Luncheon Organization serves the Puget Sound area by raising funds annually for a local charitable organization in the areas of Education, Health, Human Services and Children/Youth.

  • Bob & Christy Hentges, Advisors NW
  • John & Kathy Hlebica, UPS
  • Gary McLean & Marie Durflinger, DDS, Bella Dental Care
  • Ian MacNeil, Glass Vodka & Laura MacNeil, Wells Fargo
  • Bob Masin
  • Dave Masin
  • Jim Miller, Millionair Club Charity
  • Shawn St Pierre, Fairmont Hotel
  • Derek Anderson, Final Touch Detail
  • Sam Baker, Oles Morrison Rinker Baker & Beth Nagy, AIG Property Casuality
  • Barb Mitchell Briner, Chase Bank
  • Trey Busch Sleight of Hand Cellars

    & Justin Wylie of Va Piano Vineyards

  • Kathy Cox, City University of Seattle
  • Kevin Kennedy
  • Jessica Crump
  • Suzanne Hight
  • Stephanie Kornblum


The Millionair Club Charity:

rebuilding lives, one job at a time.


Since its founding in 1921, the Millionair Club Charity has never lost sight of its vision: that everyone should have access to jobs and support services that help them be ready for work.


From 2013 to 2018 Celebrity Waiters Luncheon has raised more than $1,400,000 for the Millionair Club Charity, a Seattle-based non-profit. The monies raised at last year’s Luncheon helped to place men and women in permanent jobs, gave them access to stable housing, and wrap-around services to support their continued success. The money also helped fund the renovation of their shower and laundry facility — tripling the capacity to help people be ready for work. The Millionair Club Charity is thrilled to have reached even more donors in 2018, which will further help them to fund their many projects.


Specialists in rebuilding the self-confidence and dignity of people who are homeless and unemployed, the Millionair Club Charity provides people with jobs, skills training, housing assistance, meals, access to showers and laundry facilities, work clothes, and free eye glasses to help them rebuild their lives and become “job ready.”  In 2018, this successful formula connected individuals with permanent employment, saving community tax payers up to $40,000 per person - over $5.6 million dollars.


To find out more, go to  millionairclub.org

News & Events

The Millionair Club Charity is extremely grateful to the CWL waiters, who helped raise the money for an expanded shower and laundry center, that is CRITICAL to the success of the new Jobs Connect program, which seeks to help people who are homeless and unsheltered connect to the MCC’s supportive employment program.


Learn more about Jobs Connect from the story that aired on KOMO television news.

Celebrity Waiters

Luncheon of Seattle

Save The Date
For the 35th Annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon will be held at the Fairmont Olympic hotel on Friday, May 10th, 2019, 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  With Auctioneers David Silverman and Fred Northup, Jr.

Our 2019 Community Service Award Recipient is Bob Masin

2019 theme is:

Hullabaloo Bash

Your Holiday. Your Way.

CWL is one of the most successful, zaniest, over-the-top luncheon charity events in the United States. Its success is about the organized chaos, costumes, pranks, and a swelling SPIRIT of fun, along with an “on vacation” mentality. With the combination of wonderful auction items and generous donors, CWL helps to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved.

 Friday, May 10th, 2019

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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