Lights in facilities all over Wilson County were gleaming Saturday evening as the 10th annual Dare To Dine event for Leadership Wilson began.
In all, 29 hosts in 15 homes entertained about 170 appreciative diners who had paid $50 each to dine.
Serving as Leadership Wilson's primary event that raises funds for the organization's community projects throughout the year, the event features area leaders opening their homes to hold dinner for the group's class members, alumni, friends and other guests who want to participate. After dinner, all attendees gather at one final home for dessert. The “dare” part of the title comes from the option to buy a ticket and not know where you will be having dinner until just before the event.
“There are Dare To Dine regulars who really enjoy the surprise part of the dare option, and there are others who know a host and request that home,” said Dorie Mitchell, Leadership Wilson executive director. “The great thing is that we can accommodate both preferences.”
Paul and Christy Stumb, Brody and Angel Kane, Ron and Lisia Tucker, Helen and Robert Singer Cash, Gary and Tammye Whitaker, Greg and Debra Butler, Kerry and Carol Crockett, Mark and Lorie Tomlinson, Todd Tressler, Sherry Kirkland, Don and Diane Weathers, Bob and Susan McDonald, Scott and April Bowen and Robert and Debbie Harden opened their homes for the event.
Jay and Kim White treated guests to dessert at their recently purchased home.
Rain, thunder and lightning made the early part of the evening a bit tricky, and football between Alabama and LSU kept guests running back and forth to televisions throughout the evening.
Each home featured an entirely different menu, different guests and a different ambience.
Read Bonnie Bucy's story in Living in Saturday's edition of the Democrat to find out more on Dare To Dine.