The annual fundraiser is usually scheduled to coincide with Administrative Professionals Day.
This year it fell on April 27 — the same day that deadly storms struck Walker County.
Since approximately $4,000 worth of food had already been prepared for the event, Pilot Club members decided to hold the luncheon on April 28 and invite as many people as possible to a free meal.
Fundraising coordinator Gina Nichols said more than 100 people ate at the CHS Building that Thursday night by candlelight.
Elvis tribute artist Terry Padgett performed as a generator powered his spotlight and sound system.
Nichols said the luncheon became a welcome break from the chaos that followed the tornadoes.
“I’ve heard from so many people who came that it was just a few hours of relief,” Nichols said.
One group of storm survivors that included 10 hungry children somehow found their way to the luncheon. Each person received a plate of food that would have cost $25 under normal circumstances.
The Pilot Club will host a White Linen Luncheon redo on Wednesday, July 27 at Bevill State Community College in Jasper. A boxed lunch will be served from 11 to 11:55 a.m. at the Jesse Student Center and Padgett will perform at noon in Rowland Auditorium.
Any of the more than 300 people who had made plans to attend the April 27 luncheon but could not will receive a replacement ticket. Others may purchase a ticket for $10.
“We want to try to make it up to all of our loyal supporters and to give other folks an opportunity to come see Elvis at lunch for $10,” Nichols said.
Tickets are available from any Pilot member or by calling Nichols at 221-2576 extension 222.