There are members of the Ritz Carlton serving staff who are surely in rehab this week after working the “Dining with the Stars” lunch last Friday. Imagine the Blues Brothers and Laverne & Shirley joining James Stevens‘ staff to serve a meal.
It all started out so properly for the Family Gateway benefit at the Carlton. About 150 guests arrived and Ritz staff lined the entry with trays of wine, champagne and tea. With perfect posture in navy suits with white shirts and ties, the Ritz offered but never pushed. Not one hair was out of place. Heavens, no. Little did they know that soon their surroundings of finery would resemble a raucous Texas-OU bash.
Then Scott Murray took the podium and introduced the day’s lineup of celebrities (pictured front row from the left, Amy Vanderoef, Shaugh Niland, Amanda Mazey, Peyton Wright, Laurie Phillips, Kim Fischer, Shay Geyer and Vaughn Miller; back row from the left, John Niland, Marco Rivera, Russell Maryland and Brendan Higgins) — dazzling blondes, former and present jocks, television personalities and Laurie Phillips (Wade’s wife), who was all dressed up in diner waitress uniform. Why John Niland’s wife Shaughn even joined the group, just for the heck of it. The 150 guests gave a healthy cheer for each. So far it was following the norm for celebrity waiter events.
Then the waters parted and the stiff, upper lip Ritz staff carried on (pictured) despite the class clown celebrity recruits. Without a moment of shock or a hair out of place, the Ritz staff carried on as if Alec Guinness were watching.
But how crazy did it get? Words cannot adequately describe the mayhem that took place. Here’s just one photo of the escapades (pictured Scott Murray and Laurie Philips).
But despite it all the Ritz staff kept a stiff upper lip for the lunch and probably hit the Rattlesnake Bar afterwards talking about
- Polo playing Vaughn riding Brendan on all fours around the dining room
- Marco dipping a lady into a deep kiss on stage (Okay, so it was his wife, but still. . .)
- John and Russell singing Islands in the Stream to each other? Yes, someone did offer to pay them more to stop singing.
- Kim Fischer rapping to Baby Bump with the rest of the gals dancing behind her. Definitely not something that Debbie Reynolds would be doing.
If you want to blame somebody for creating this mega-fun lunch and raising $55,000 for Family Gateway, you need to hunt down Luncheon Chair Kristi Bare last seen laughing herself silly.