Meet our Celebrity Servers
Out to Lunch is your chance to meet Mobile's shining stars. Whether you hear them on the radio, see them on television, or notice them hard at work in our community, they are all local celebrities we have come to know and love. You never know who might be serving your table at Out to Lunch! Check back for updates on who will be serving at Out to Lunch on September 21.
Tips! Tips! Tips!
Our celebrity servers will be competing to raise the most tips. Show your support for your favorite celebrity server even if you are unable to attend the event. Simply make a donation to Covenant Hospice and credit your favorite clebrity server with a "tip." Your donations could help your favorite celebrity win the title of Top Celebrity Server for 2011.
Covenant Hospice would like to give special thanks to all our celebrity servers for lending their time and talents to benefit our patients and families.
Dan & Shelby -
Dan & Shelby are everywhere, all the time...getting out in the community and doing cool things to help charities as much as they possibly can because they love their listeners! Going on 11 years, they have both done so much together and individually for the Gulf Coast area.
They were so honored when the received 2010 Outstanding Community Service award at from the Mobile Baybears (AA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) at Hank Aaron Stadium. They were also invited to a special ceremony when Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Bob Feller, and other baseball legends gathered to dedicate the Hank Aaron Museum.
Dan is a board member of the Child Advocacy Center and he helps recruit restaurants for Cuisine 4 Kids every year. They raised $11k in one day for the agency that does amazing work with local children who are sexually abused.
Shelby is on the board for Making Miracles for Cystic Fibrosis, the local fundraising branch for CF. Teaming up with 95 KSJ, the group presented John Rich, Trace Adkins, and Gretchen Wilson in Mobile for a huge concert, emceed by Dan& Shelby. It was huge! They helped raise over $100k for local research and funding!
Once again, in 2010, they were honored and humbled to get the Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Morning DJ from the Mobile Register for the 7th year in a row!
Lite Mix 99.9
Mary Booth is one of the morning radio personalities for Lite Mix 99.9. She can be heard on air Weekday Mornings from 6 – 9 am with Mason LaFayette and Middays from 10:30 am – 2 pm.
WPMI NBC 15
2010 marks Darwin's 30th year of either anchoring or reporting television news. This year offers another milestone for Darwin. It is his 10th year of covering the Gulf Coast with his unique feature segments that have made him a fixture in the Mobile/Pensacola television community. Darwin is a feature reporter with WPMI NBC 15 News. He currently is featured at 5:30 A.M. , Noon and 5 P.M. with his "Here's Darwin!" reports.
Cherish Lombard & Joe Emer– Fox Studio 10
Weekday mornings these two chat it up about the latest in entertainment and what’s happening on the Gulf Coast on the groundbreaking morning show, “Studio Ten”. During football season, Joe co-hosts a local high school football show “First and Ten”, and covers the Tide and Tigers! Cherish was born and raised in Mobile. She graduated from South Alabama after graduating from Murphy. She started working in radio at WABB in 2001. She has been a News Reporter at Fox 10 since 2008. Joe is from Wausau, Wisconsin and moved to the area in April 2007. You can watch them on Weekday mornings from 8 – 9 am on Fox 10.
Leigh Perry-Herndon is Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. A Mobile native, Leigh received her BA in Communications from the University of South Alabama. She worked for the Mobile Register and The Dothan Eagle. She also worked in Dothan City Schools as Manager of Grants and Information Services, before returning home to Mobile in 1998 to work for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. With the Chamber, she is editor of the Chamber’s 22,500 circulation news magazine – The Business View, handles media relations and general communications projects with the Chamber’s 2,200 members and coordinates both a local and international marketing and branding efforts. She volunteers her time with United Way of Southwest Alabama, Junior League of Mobile, and at Council Traditional School, where she has a fourth grader and a first grader. She is past president of the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s Mobile Chapter, incoming president the statewide Public Relations Council of Alabama, vice president of membership for the Southern Public Relations Federation and is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Coastal Alabama, a joint Mobile and Baldwin County leadership program and Leadership Dothan. She is married to Mike Herndon and has two daughters, Caroline (9) and Sallie (6).
Rob Holbert, Lagniappe
Rob Holbert is co-publisher and managing editor of Lagniappe, Mobile’s independent newspaper. Rob helped found the newspaper after a career that started as a police reporter and columnist at the Mississippi Press in Pascagoula. He followed that with a two-year stint as a deputy press secretary for then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in Washington.
After leaving Capitol Hill, Rob worked ghost-writing opinion articles for publication in some of the nation’s largest newspapers. From 1999 – Aug. 2010 he was the faculty adviser for the University of South Alabama student newspaper, The Vanguard. During that time The Vanguard was voted second best weekly college newspaper in the Southeast four times in the Associated Press College Newspaper Contest. In 2002 he started Lagniappe with his business partner Ashley Trice. The paper now prints 25,000 copies every two weeks and is distributed around Mobile and the Eastern Shore.
Rob is married to Gentry Holbert and they have two children, Ulysses and Ursula. They also have two very old rat terriers — Dixie Chicken and Beau Weevil — who hate each other. For fun Rob plays a three-man acoustic band, Glass Joe, and watches too much football.
Anita Clarke - Cellular South
Anita Clarke, has been the Public Relations Specialist for Cellular South for 7 years. One of her true joys is giving back to her community.
She serves as a Bd. Member for the Family Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, is a board member for the Saraland Chamber of Commerce, serves on the planning committee for the 2012 Mobile County Bi-Centennial Celebration, is a member of PRCA and is a provisional member of the Junior League of Mobile.
Anita is a graduate of USM, where she performed with the Famous Dixie Darlings and continues to help judge regional dance and cheer competitions.
She loves to spend time with her husband and her 10 year old son, Landon. She really enjoys taking cruises, shopping and doing things with her friends.
Casi Callaway, Executive Director & Baykeeper for Mobile Baykeeper
Casi Callaway is from Mobile, Alabama, graduated from the last all girls’ class of Julius T. Wright and finished with a degree in Philosophy and Ecology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She started in the environmental field as the Southeastern Regional College Campus Coordinator for Earth Day 1990. Mrs. Callaway’s next environmental job was in Washington, DC for Clean Water Action. She worked on local, state, and federal campaigns doing public education, research of political issues, lobbying at every level of government and fundraising. Before leaving DC, Mrs. Callaway attained the positions of the DC Field Canvass Director and the D.C. Office’s Florida Program Director.
As Executive Director & Baykeeper of Mobile Baykeeper (formerly Mobile Bay Watch, Inc.), Mrs. Callaway is responsible for coordinating public education; community organizing; research and fundraising. Mobile Baykeeper has over 3,500 members and deals with issues such as sewage, air toxics, mercury exposure, permit violations, industrial growth and other public health protection issues. She holds four gubernatorial appointments and serves on the boards of several local, state and regional environmental organizations.
Michael Pierce, MLK Avenue Redevelopment Agency
Michael E. Pierce is a 1991 graduate of Tulane University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. While at Tulane, he excelled as a student athlete becoming Tulane's All Purpose Yardage Leader and Pre-Season Heisman Trophy candidate in 1989 after having graduated from Murphy High School as the All-Time Leading Rusher three years earlier. Pierce went on to join the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent in 1990.
Michael is Executive Director of the MLK Avenue Redevelopment Corporation (MLKARC). His primary responsibility is to develop and implement a comprehensive community and economic redevelopment program in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue community. Since its inception in 1993, the MLKARC has invested nearly $8 million and constructed 116 new affordable housing units benefiting more than 300 low to moderate-income Mobilians. The MLKARC also has invested nearly $1 million to develop commercial retail space along the MLK corridor. MLKARC is presently planning to invest nearly $5 million to develop a 40,000 square foot retail center that will house a national chain grocer and other ancillary retail stores.
Pierce is also active in civic, community and religious affairs. He is chairman of the Board of Directors at Commonwealth National Bank, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Mobile and chairman elect of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of the Mobile Arts & Sports Association, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, and is Chairman of the Under Armour Senior Bowl Hall of Fame Committee. He has also served on the board of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mobile Touchdown Club. Pierce, founding pastor of New Life Ministries, has previously served on the ministerial staffs of New Hope Baptist Church and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Pierce is married to wife, Daphne, and they have two sons, Michael, Jr. and Myles.
Darrell is a 1989 graduate of C.F. Vigor High School where he lead his team to two state and one National Football Championships. Darrell was named Mr. Football in the state of Alabama in 1989. He was a running back at Auburn University from 1989 - 1993 and earned a degree in Criminal Justice. Darrell worked at James T. Strickland Youth Center as a Probation Officer for six years and presently works as the Director of Springhill Athletic Club located in Springhill Memorial Hospital and as a personal trainer.
Nichelle Williams, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
Nichelle Williams is the Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Mobile Chapter, Inc.
Before relocating to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama to join Sickle Cell, Williams lived in Washington, D.C., where she served as Legislative Counsel to U.S . Representative Artur Davis (AL-7), and prior to that, she worked as a Health Care Fellow at Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc., in Montgomery, Alabama.
Williams is a 2008 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law. She also received her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University, and her Bachelor’s in Political Science from Spelman College, in Atlanta, GA.
Williams is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Rotary Club of Mobile, and the Alabama Newborn Screening Advisory Board.