'Waiting for Wishes' Returns to the Palm for 12th Edition

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Carter and DeMarcus
  • Carter and DeMarcus
You have to hand it to ex-Titan Kevin Carter. Even though he played only four years of his 13-year NFL career here in Nashville, he has continued to give back to our community in the form of his annual "Waiting for Wishes" dinners at the Palm restaurant downtown. Co-chairing with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Carter has invited many of his ex-teammates and other celebrities to join in the fun as wholly untrained waiters rush to serve lucky diners a dinner that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Since the first event in 2002, Waiting for Wishes has raised over $1.4 million for charity, and this year promises to add considerably to that total.

Usually the evening fairly quickly devolves into seeing who will pay how much to get the celebrities to do something slightly embarrassing or to convince the sports figures to sing their rivals' fight songs. But it's for a great cause, and if you want Gator-for-life Kevin Carter to sing "Rocky Top," you'd better be prepared to come off of that checkbook!

This year's event will be held at the Palm on April 2 starting at 7 p.m. with a VIP reception for patron-level donors beginning at 5:45. There will also be an after-party at Honky Tonk Central in case you don't get a ticket before the main event sells out. The list of celebrity waiters is being released a few at a time on the event's Facebook page, and you can find out more info about the evening and the cause and buy tickets at the official website.

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