The Gather concept is a smart, of-the-moment fundraising idea that lends itself to seasonal entertaining opportunities throughout the year. The roots of the program are togetherness, food, generosity, and community. Particularly in the South, sharing food with those we care about is a longstanding, important tradition. Most of us grew up with grandmothers and great-grandmothers who delighted in serving family-favorite recipes for Sunday dinner , birthday celebrations, or just about any holiday. We attended countless church suppers, funeral lunches, family reunions. Gather borrows the spirit of that love and generosity through food.
The idea of philanthropic entertaining is timely and appropriate for today. So many people are over-scheduled and way too busy, but their hearts are in the right place: they want to see their people more, and they want to make an impact in their communities. So what a great solution, for any group of people, any age, any place, any amount. Give a party for a cause.
Gather dinners can be anything you want: elaborate sit-down meals to casual backyard bbqs. Break out the fine china, family-style pasta platter, or order some pizza and watch your favorite movie or ballgame. Put together a menu and a guest list, and you are halfway there! It is completely up to you! Whatever approach you take, know your guests are creating community by gathering around food — all the while learning more about the vision and mission of JVTF.
This year, Gather dinners will take place either May 17, 18, or 19 OR July 19, 20, or 21. There are 10 slots open for each weekend. To reserve your spot as a Host, fill out this form!
Previous Gather Host, Candace Higginbotham, created a list of dinner ideas to inspire you!
To learn more about Gather and how to host, click here!