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Country Stars Turn Out for Waiting for Wishes Fundraiser

Chris Young Jay deMarcus Dierks Bentley
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Some of country music’s biggest stars showed up at a Nashville hot spot earlier this week, and it was all for a worthwhile cause.

The 13th annual Kevin Carter Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiters Dinner, hosted by the former NFL football star and Rascal Flatts‘ Jay DeMarcus, was held on Tuesday night (April 15), at the Palm in downtown Music City.

Dierks Bentley, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Keith Anderson, Frankie Ballard, Maggie Rose, Olypmpian Scott Hamilton,  pop stars Rick Springfield and Tiffany, ‘Nashville‘ stars Charles Esten and Chris Carmack and NFL stars Eric Decker, Michael Roos and George Wilson all acted as servers for the evening. Proceeds benefited the Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

While all the celebrities were thrilled to donate their time for the worthwhile cause, some of them admitted they were uncomfortable with their role for the evening.

“I have zero experience of waiting tables in my past,” Young told Country Weekly. “So, I’ll be flying by the seat of my pants. But it’s a really great event and a cool way to give back to a good cause.”

Bentley, who got his start playing for tips in small clubs, said the event gave him a new appreciation for those who really wait tables for a living.

“Being a server is hard work,” he conceded. “I just hope I don’t drop any plates.”

DeMarcus says the annual event, which has raised more than $1.4 million since it began, is worth all the hard work.

“For me, what I love seeing is that so many people want to come back,” he said. “They’re just mesmerized by the whole event. We do have fun but it’s for a great cause and I think everybody gets that. The only thing Kevin hasn’t been able to improve on is the co-host,” he added. “He gets stuck with me every year.”

To donate to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, click here.

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