R & D Promotions hosts dinner to raise funds for hospital

| March 26, 2014

COSHOCTON – R & D Promotions will be hosting their annual charity dinner for Nationwide Children’s Hospital on March 28 at the Coshocton Elks.

“R & D Promotions raises money for the Children’s Hospital,” said Rick Williamson, coordinator of event. “We wanted to come up with an annual event people would look forward to every year where we could raise money and have fun.”

The dinner has been an annual event for three years and Williamson has seen it grow over the years.

“It’s been very successful for us and I hope it grows every year,” he said. “When you get repeat customers every year, you know you’re doing something right.”

Happy hour will start at 6:30 p.m. and the welcome will be at 7 p.m. with dinner to follow. Guests will have a choice of either chicken or baked steak, served by waiters and waitresses. In addition to the meal, there will also be a silent auction, a live auction, a 50/50 drawing, and dancing starting at around 10:30 p.m. and go until midnight.

“The waiters and waitresses we chose, everyone knows them,” said Williamson. “They’ll be among friends.”

One waitress, Maria Goodwill, is waitressing for a very personal reason. She had cancer as a child and is now cancer free. Nationwide Children’s Hospital was her home for many of her childhood years.

“I want to personally give back,” she said. “I was diagnosed with cancer 30 years ago and I’ve been to Children’s Hospital well into my 20s. Children’s has a very special place for me. I want to give back to them for saving my life 30 years ago. I’ve beaten the odds and this is a celebration.”

Williamson is proud to have Goodwill as one of the waitresses for the event.

“She’s got a great story,” he said. “We are glad to have her with as a survivor. That’s why we do this.”

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any waiter or waitress or at Simple Signs, located at 218 Sycamore St., Coshocton. The event is sponsored by R & D Promotions, The Coshocton Elks, and Simple Signs.

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