MOX team raises nearly $50K for Children's Place

Submitted photo MOX Services representatives, from left, Kelly Trice, Ed Najmola and Chris Bethmann and restaurant partner Travinia's Wendy Ruocco receive the first place award for raising the most funds during Celebrity Waiter Night from Children's Place representatives Peggy Ford and Kelly Findley.

Shaw AREVA MOX Services team members received the award for the most funds raised for Children’s Place during Celebrity Waiter Night for the second consecutive year.

The contribution of $48,547 by the MOX project during the 2013 event was the largest amount ever raised by a company during the event’s 18-year history.

“MOX team members are very generous with their time and resources when it comes to helping others,” said Kelly Trice, president and chief operating officer of Shaw AREVA MOX Services, who served as a Celebrity Waiter Night host. “Each year, we look forward to raising funds for Children’s Place to allow them to continue meeting the needs of children in our community.”

More than $130,000 was raised during the Celebrity Waiter Night among volunteers at 13 participating restaurants. The event partners local companies with area restaurants to raise funds for Children’s Place, a child and family development center serving at-risk children in Aiken County.

This year, MOX Services teamed with Travinia Italian Kitchen, a restaurant participating in the event for the first time. The restaurant offered a special menu that was served family-style at each table.

In addition to the Celebrity Waiter Night event, MOX team members raised funds through a golf tournament, silent auction, bake sales and individual and corporate donations.

“The MOX Project employees, their partners and subcontractors have once again led the way in raising the most funds during Celebrity Waiter Night,” said Peggy Ford, executive director of Children’s Place. “This team, year after year, has taken their help to a new high. They make healing and hope for our community’s children their community mission, and we are truly grateful.”

Shaw AREVA MOX Services LLC has a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to design, build and operate a facility to convert surplus nuclear weapons-grade plutonium into reactor fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants.