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 30 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
  • Dave Hill, Sonata Capital
  • John & Kathy Hlebica, UPS
  • Molly Hunter, Zurich Insurance
  • Sandra Kemp, Watson McDonnell
  • Tony Kusak, COMRE
  • Ian MacNeil, Glass Distillery
  • Bob Masin, Masins Furniture
  • Gary McLean
  • Jim & Diana Miller, Millionair Club Charity
  • Beth Nagy, Wells Fargo Insurance
  • Bob & Shelley Tomberg, World Trade Center Seattle
  • Sam Baker, Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLC
  • Peter Baker, PEB Management, LLC
  • Connie Blumenthal, Realogics Sotheby’s Intl Realty
  • Barbara Mitchell Briner, JP Morgan Chase
  • Renee Brisbois, JP Morgan Chase
  • Trey Busch, Sleight of Hand Cellars
  • Sherry Zins Calvert, Keiretsu Forum
  • Mitch Cohen, Charter Construction
  • Marie Durflinger Bella Dental Care
  • Michael Elliott, Rocket Dog
  • Susan Fitzgerald, CTI BioPharma
  • Nesby Glasgow, The Pacific Institute

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.


During 2013 and 2014, Celebrity Waiters Luncheon has raised more than $750,000 for the Millionair Club Charity, a Seattle-based non-profit. The monies raised from last year’s Luncheon have helped to place 125 men and women in permanent jobs, stable housing, and wrap-around services to support their continued success. The Millionair Club Charity is hoping to reach even more individuals in 2015.


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 2014, this successful formula connected 75 people with permanent employment, saving the community $40,000 per person - over $3 million dollars.


The Millionair Club Charity:

rebuilding lives, one job at a time.


To find out more, go to  millionairclub.org

View Your Dollars at Work

celebrity waiters luncheon of seattle
The 32nd Annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon will be held at the Fairmont Olympic hotel on
Friday, May 6th, 2015, with special guests and Auctioneer David Silverman.

The Celebrity Waiters Luncheon (CWL) Board of Directors will crown Gene Juarez, iconic

hair salon business owner

and philanthropist, as the 2015

Community Service Award recipient. Gene Juarez

was selected by the Board for the award due to his dedication and unwavering service for the past 31 years. Gene is Chairman of the Board and 2016 Emeritus.




2015 Sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
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