Hempstead Hall will host a special kind of Halloween dress-up party Friday as the Hempstead Relay of Life team presents its third annual “Celebrity Waiter” dinner with this year's theme celebrating “Totally 80s.

Hempstead Hall will host a special kind of Halloween dress-up party Friday as the Hempstead Relay of Life team presents its third annual “Celebrity Waiter” dinner with this year’s theme celebrating “Totally 80s.”
Relay Coodinator Jessie Lewis said “This event allows us to get a jump on our fundraising for the coming year. Normally, we raise about $7,000 in one night. This year our goal is $10,000. This event is popular because it is for adults, and it is a time to relax, have fun, and raise money to fight cancer.”
There will be 18 Relay team tables, each with its own signature 80s theme, and each table will have its own local “celebrity waiter.”
Lewis said “We have three goals: Raise money in the fight against cancer, have fun, and make our cancer survivors feel special.”
In another twist from the past couple of years, Lewis said “This year we will have a DJ playing all 80s music instead of a live band.”
There will also be a special photo booth set up.
“We will have photo props for guests to take their own selfies and share on social media,” she said.
Individual table themes scheduled read like a catalog of 80s pop culture with the Goonies, 80s Fitness, Steel Magnolias, Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, Cyndi Lauper, Miami Vice, Super Mario Bros., Top Gun, 80s Marvel Comics, 80s Groupie Theme, 80s MTV, CaddyShack, Masters of the Universe, A-Team, Back to the Future, Material Girl and Purple Rain on the list.
Some of the listed “Celebrity Waiters” include Ryan & Jen Minney, Kesha Thompson
Brittany Lewis & Brooke Adkins, Mary Storey, Mona Still, Heather Clements, Clay Black & Tyrone Lacy, Joe Raschke, Dave Phillips & Judy Phillips, Alex Burton, Jamee Heflin, Michelle Pesek, Jessie Lewis, Brandon Barrington, Kenny White, Alejandra Mendoza & Jessica Trauger, Lisa D. Rhodes, Sharon Caldwell & Summer Powell and Terra Newsome.
Happening in October close to Halloween adds to the fun and unique quality of the event, Lewis said.
“It gives us adults an excuse to dress up,” she said.