Former NFL Super Bowl Champion and now ESPN Sports Analyst, Kevin Carter, and Jay DeMarcus of the multi-award winning group Rascal Flatts, hosted the 15th Annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiters Dinner on Tuesday, April 12th at The Palm.

40 Celebrities gather to join Jay DeMarcus and Kevin Carter as Celebrity Waiters
40 Celebrities gather to join Jay DeMarcus and Kevin Carter as Celebrity Waiters

The event was presented by The Campbell Family Foundation and HCA to benefit The Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. This premier celebrity event, “Waiting for Wishes” reached a milestone on Tuesday night as they have now raised more than $2 million for charity since its inception in 2002 and has become Nashville’s most sought after ticket as the event sells out each year.

The celebrity event is an exclusive VIP evening where Carter and DeMarcus invite professional athletes, country music artists and other various celebrities to take over The Palm as servers before they head over to Honky Tonk Central for the Official After-Party – Jammin’ with Jay DeMarcus & Friends. The event continues to be one of the most unique celebrity events in the country and is considered a “must attend” events for patrons and participants alike.
An eclectic mix of celebrities appear each year, and this year was be no different as they celebrated 15 years of fundraising.

Celebrities included:
Charles Arbuckle Former NFL Player / ESPN Broadcaster, Clare Bowen, Actress on NASHVILLE / Artist, Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth, ABC’s reality star – The Bachelorette and fiancé, Keith Bulluck, Former NFL Player, Mike Caussin, Former NFL Player, Steve Connell, Spoken Word Poet, Randy Couture UFC Heavyweight Champion / UFC Hall of Famer / Actor, Chris Doering, Former NFL Player / ESPN Broadcaster, Kevin Dyson, Former NFL Player, Chip Esten, Actor on NASHVILLE / Artist / Writer, Halfway to Hazard, Country Duo, Kym Hampton, Former WNBA Player / Actor / Singer, A.J. Hawk, Linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, Steve Hutchinson, Former NFL Player, Wesley Johnson, Offensive Lineman for the New York Jets, Jana Kramer, Country Artist / Actress, Tracy Lawrence, Country Artist, Keith Loneker, Former NFL Player / Actor, Love and Theft, Country Duo, Tom Luginbill, ESPN Broadcaster, Max Martini, Actor / Writer / Director, Derrick Mason, Former NFL Player / Radio Host, Titus O’Neil, WWE Wrestler, Tito Ortiz, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion / UFC Hall of Famer, Mindy Robinson, Actress / Model / Reality TV Personality, Michael Roos, Former Tennessee Titans Player, Tim Rushlow, Country Artist / Big Band, Elika Sadeghi, ESPN Broadcaster, Chris Sanders, Former NFL Player, Johnathan Schaech, Actor / Writer / Producer / Director, Brian Schwenke, Center for the Tennessee Titans, Frank Shamrock, UFC Middleweight Champion / Actor / Broadcaster, Jaymee Sire, ESPN Broadcaster, Robert Smith, Former NFL Player / ESPN Broadcaster, Chris Soules, Reality TV Personality / The Bachelor / Dancing with the Stars, Phil Vassar, Country Artist / Songwriter, Sara Walsh, ESPN Broadcaster, Storme Warren, Radio Personality / Host / Writer / Producer AND Billy Zabka, Actor / Producer / Writer.

The event was produced by LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events and sponsored by The Campbell Family Foundation and HCA, AON, AudioDeluxe, PAR, Inc., Hilton Nashville, Horizon Wine & Spirits, The Palm, Matchless Transportation, Miller Coors, M Street Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Honky Tonk Central, RJ Young, Tito’s Vodka, Lipman, Domino’s Pizza and Gigi’s Cupcakes.

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