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.

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.

About Us

Our Mission

  • Lawrence L. Longfelder, Longfelder Law LLC
  • Ian MacNeil, Glass Distillery
  • Gary McLean
  • Jim & Diana Miller, Millionair Club Charity
  • Flip Morse, Nintendo of America
  • Beth Nagy, Wells Fargo Insurance
  • Jamie Peha, Table Talk Northwest
  • Greg Root, Super Graphics
  • Rod & Kim Stohler
  • Bill Thompson, Charter Construction
  • Bob & Shelley Tomberg, World Trade Center Seattle
  • Markus Treppenhauer, Fairmont Olympic Hotel
  • Scott Wasner, Realogics | Sotheby's International Realty
  • Sam Baker, Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLC
  • Peter Baker, PEB Management, LLC
  • Sherry Zins Calvert, Keiretsu Forum
  • Mitch Cohen, Charter Construction
  • Marie Durflinger, DDS, Bella Dental Care
  • Susan Fitzgerald, CTI BioPharma
  • Jim Ferguson, Morgan Stanley - Alexandria Nicole Winery
  • Bob & Christy Hentges, Advisors NW
  • Dave Hill, Sonata Capital
  • John & Kathy Hlebica, UPS
  • Heidi Hortwitz, DDS
  • Molly Hunter, Zurich Insurance
  • Cynthia Johnson
  • Sandra Kemp, Watson McDonnell
  • Tony Kusak, COMRE


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.


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.


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Celebrity Waiters

Luncheon of Seattle

The 32nd Annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon will be held at the Fairmont Olympic hotel on Friday, May 13th, 2016, with special guests and Auctioneer David Silverman.

The Spirit of Seattle

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.

 May 13TH 2016

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

2016 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Presenting Sponsor

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