Restaurant looks to local celebrities for Kid One charity

Published 10:35 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Customers at Texas Roadhouse in Pelham may have noticed a few familiar faces waiting tables Tuesday night as the restaurant teamed up with 9 local celebrities to raise money for Kid One Transport.

The restaurant donated 10 percent of all evening meal sales, tips and donations to Kid One.

Kid One is an organization that transports children to medical checkups, mental and emotional health service appointments, dental appointments and specialized care appointments. The organization also transports expecting mothers to doctor’s appointments.

Kristina Young, store marketing director, said it is important for Texas Roadhouse to be a helping member of the community, and being able to help an organization like Kid One is a privilege.

“Kid One is never going to tell someone ‘We can’t get you there,’” Young said. “With Kid One, we know every dollar is going to our community.”

Among those who helped serve as a waiter Tuesday were former UAB players Jake Arians and Otis Leverette, former University of Alabama linebacker and Pelham High School defensive coach Antonio London, Alabaster Mayor David Frings, NBC 13 anchor Rod Carter, ABC 33/40 anchor Roy Hobbs, HOT 107.7 radio personality Tasha Simone, WJOX Roundtable host Lance Taylor and Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Trammell.

“It just shows that we’re blessed to be in this type of community where we can work together and take care of each other,” Trammell said.

In the process of Tuesday night’s benefit, Trammell said she even learned a few lessons and gained a newfound respect for those in the food industry.

“It’s been a lot of fun and it is amazing how organized and quickly things must come together,” Trammell said. “Teamwork in the restaurant business is paramount. It’s definitely been a lesson in teamwork.”