MEDIA ALERT – Tampa Bay Restaurant Servers


Waiting for Relief

WHO: “Waiting For Relief,” a newly-formed Bay area grassroots organization of Restaurant Servers will host its first benefit event for Tsunami survivors in Southeast Asia. 

WHAT: Waiting For Relief (WFR) group has already signed up six restaurants to join host St. Bart’s Island House and Ceviche to provide food tables at the event. Several other restaurants will be added. WFR members are also collecting merchandise to include in a silent auction.  Already amassed are luxury gifts, artwork, jewelry, trips and fine dining certificates.

WHEN:  Sunday, January 30, 2005, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  St. Bart’s Island House Restaurant, 1502 S. Howard Ave., Soho District in Old Hyde Park. 

                        Admission to the event is $40 in advance/$50 at the door.  Only 600 tickets will be sold.            

                        Valet parking is planned to keep the neighborhood from becoming too congested.

                         Tickets can currently be purchased at St. Bart’s and as of January 17th on-line at                                       

*All proceeds will go to The Patel Foundation for Global Understanding, a local nonprofit organization with pre-existing health and education programs in Southeast Asia.  The respected and well-known Patel Foundation uses 100% of their donations on aid and none on administrative costs for it’s Tampa-based office.

 “There is a huge outpouring of  kindness and generosity from area restaurants, beverage suppliers, entertainers, artists and local businesses who have been touched by the plight of the Tsunami survivors,” said Amy Losoya, St. Bart’s manager, whose servers came up with the idea and formed Waiting For Relief.  “We are not professional fundraisers or marketing experts.  We are a group of restaurant servers, united by our careers, who want to help the people whose images in the media have touched our souls.”

            For more information, please call:

Amy Losoya, Waiting For Relief, St. Bart’s Island House Restaurant – 813/251-0367

Sigrid Tidmore, Patel Foundation for Global Understanding – 813/471-4380 x621

Janet Henderson, Henderson Inc. – 813/832-3999 or 310-0372 (interview scheduling)

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