Our good friend WRAL's 5 on Your Side's Monica Laliberte told us all about this event she is organizing and we had to share it!
Laliberte is very active with Canine Companions for Independence, which provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities. She even helps train dogs for the program. We have been lucky enough to meet a few of those dogs here at the station.
A fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence is planned for Oct. 13 at Cameron Village in Raleigh. "Dinner in the Village" is all about food and music under the stars – all for a great cause. And it will be hosted by WRAL anchor David Crabtree.
Tables are on sale now for the event. They run $200 for a table for eight. That works out to about $25 per person if you get a group together. Each table can be purchased by a business or individual.
Groups can decide to decorate their table as simple or elaborate as they want. There will be a competition for the best themed tables of the night in the following categories: Best in Show (Most Original), Top Dog (Most Elegant), Man's Best Friend (Most Colorful) and Tailwagger (Best Dog Theme).
Guests may create and bring their own meals and alcohol, or buy meals from participating restaurants, which include Cameron Bar and Grill, Cantina 18, Goodberry's, K&W Cafeteria, Moe's Southwest Grill and Village Draft House.
In addition to the table decorating contest, there will also be a live auction with items ranging from a dinner event to an opportunity to name an assistance dog. We heard WRAL morning anchor Kelcey Carlson was also donating an auction item – a morning run and breakfast! The run can be between 3 and 20 miles.
In the event of inclement weather, Dinner in the Village will be canceled and your purchase will be a charitable donation to Canine Companions for Independence. Also, only CCI assistance dogs and age appropriate CCI puppies in training are allowed to attend the event.
WRAL's parent company, Capitol Broadcasting Company, is one of the sponsors for "Dinner in the Village."