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D-coordinator waits tables

Local celebrities, doctors, hospital administrators, sports stars and television personalities served as waiters at the 4th annual Morton's Medicine and Miracles event at Morton's Steakhouse in Jacksonville on Monday, May 3rd.

This event was hosted by the Children's Miracle Network to raise funds for the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital.

The celebrity waiters grabbed their aprons, order pads and entertained their tables by fulfilling various fun and challenging requests from invited guests that evening. Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith was one of the celebrity waiters on hand for the event.

"I really enjoyed myself that evening" said Smith. "It was very laid back, casual setting. I had fun and made fun at the same time."

While entertaining their tables, the celebrity waiters also competed for various honors: Best Service, Most Amusing, Most Food Dropped or Spilled, Most Dollars Raised and Best Waiter Overall. The winner of this highest distinction will be honored as the Maitre'd for the 2005 Morton's, Medicine and Miracles. The invited guests also had the opportunity to bid on unique items at the silent auction.

In true Jaguars fashion, Mike Smith got the prize for Most Dollars Raised. He accounted for more than $3,100 for the night – an all time high for tips.

"Last year I was a rookie at it; learning from others," he commented.

Smith was named the Jaguars' defensive coordinator on January 21, 2003. A veteran of 22 years of coaching, Mike Smith has experience in one form or another with almost every position on defense and on special teams.

Children's Miracle Network is dedicated locally to improving the health and welfare of all children by raising funds and awareness for the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital.

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