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 32 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.

  • Sandra Kemp, Watson McDonnell
  • Tony Kusak, Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce
  • Gary McLean
  • Jim & Diana Miller, Millionair Club Charity
  • Mike Medeiros, Delta Air Lines
  • 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 | Sothey's International Reality
  • Derek Anderson, Final Touch Detail
  • Sam Baker, Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLC.
  • Peter Baker, PEB Management, LLC
  • Bruce Cohn and Brianna McDonald
  • Mitch Cohen, Charter Construction
  • Marie Durflinger, DDS Bella Dental Care
  • Jim Ferguson, Morgan Stanley - Alexandria Nicole Winery
  • Darlin Gray and Nick Kiley
  • Bob & Christy Hentges, Advisors NW
  • Dave Hill, Sonata Capital
  • John & Kathy Hlebica, UPS
  • Heidi Horwitz, DDS
  • Cynthia Johnson
  • Lee Keller, The Keller Group


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 2015 Celebrity Waiters Luncheon has raised more than $1,387,000 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 2016, which will help to fund their kitchen renovation project.


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 2015, this successful formula connected 139 people 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 2015 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

The 33rd Annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon will be held at the Fairmont Olympic hotel on Friday, May 12th, 2017, with special guests and Auctioneer David Silverman.

Our 2017 Voice of the Community Award Recipient is Puget Sound Business Journal columnist Sam Baker.

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 12th, 2017

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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