Have a favorite super hero? What about a favorite children’s book character?
Take an idea, put together a costume and join others in the community for the annual Imagination Dinner.
The annual event is a benefit for the Wilson Books from Birth program. Books from Birth is part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides free books each month to children from birth to 5 years old.
All proceeds from the dinner go to buy books for distribution through the program, according to Wilson Books from Birth director Peggy Simpson.
Each table at the dinner selects a theme, and all of the participants dress according to that theme. Simpson said in the past, themes for tables have included the Cat in the Hat, rodeo or western themes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, University of Tennessee fans and more.
“We had a group that had a “Shades of Gray” theme where they took lamp shades, painted them gray and hung from the ceiling, and everyone at table wore something gray,” she said.
Throughout the evening, tables can “challenge” each other to make a given group perform a special task.
“For example, a table challenges the UT Orange table to go around the room doing the “Gator Chop,” or a table will challenge another table to sing a particular song,” Simpson said.
A live and silent auction will also be held at the event. Simpson said some of the items available include four one-day passes to Walt Disney World Resort park, two tickets to Cumberland County Playhouse and two passes to Kings Island, as well as $100 gas cards to add to trips.
The dinner will be April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the East-West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. A table of eight costs $250, and individual tickets are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 615-444-5586.