Rim country residents, get out those cameras and autograph books. Once again a collection of celebrities -- so to speak -- are congregating at Fargo's Steakhouse.
The third annual Dining with Celebrities benefit for the Mogollon Health Alliance is Friday, Jan. 23. Funds raised go to health education programs, such as the nurse training at Gila Community College and scholarships for those entering health-related fields of study.
"We wanted to do something different so we decided to ask people known in the community to dress up as their favorite celebrities," said Judy Baker of MHA, who is coordinating the event.
The top male and female tip collectors receive watches donated by Robert Higginbotham of Payson Jewelers. The servers also are in a contest for best tip jar, Baker said, and there is even a booby prize for the server who collects the fewest tips.
Tickets are $50 per person and are going fast -- the cost doesn't include those competition tips for the "celebrity" servers.
Fargo's will be closed for the evening to accommodate the event and there is seating for 88. An early seating is at 5:30 p.m. and the second seating is at 7:30 p.m. Baker said people can still get a place at the bar, but it will still cost $50 to get in the door.
Participating as servers this year are Ed Bryan, Julie Ruttle, Sandee and Jack Koon, Vicki and Will E. Dietz, Joy Richards, Robert Higginbotham, Nicole McCorgary, Kim Jim and Judy Baker. Joy and Jeff Sievert, owners of Fargo's Steakhouse, and some of their wait staff, also will be in celebrity regalia.
Baker said the celebrities represented by the servers include The Temptations, "Hawkeye" Pierce of M*A*S*H fame, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson, Judge Judy and -- yes -- Elvis will be in the building.
But it will be up to the dinner guests to guess which Rim country resident is which celebrity, Baker said.
Those attending the 5:30 p.m. seating can go into the bar to make room for the 7:30 seating.
"No one wants to leave because they're having so much fun," Baker said.
In addition to the fun with the celebrities, the evening will be rounded out with music from D.J. Craig.
"He is going to provide music to match the celebrities so they can sing and dance and entertain," Baker said. There also will be music for the guests to dance to and enjoy.
Doors open for the early seating at 5 p.m. and the 7:30 p.m. seating will begin a 7:15 p.m., she said.