THOMASVILLE — The Vashti Center is gearing up for its 7th annual Dinner on the Bricks fundraising event this Saturday at The Thomasville Center for the Arts and is excited for its return. 

Despite being canceled last year due to COVID-19, the fundraising event continues to grow with the addition of a costume contest, along with the usual table decorating contest.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and offers three sponsorship levels anyone can choose from with the highest sponsorship being the Blue Morpho level, including a catered dinner from J.B. Crumbs and a top level table reservation under a tent.

Regardless of the sponsorship level chosen, Elijah Miranda, executive director for the Vashti Center, said it will be a fun time for the community that will include live music from local band the Leftovers. 

“It’s a great way to connect with the community. We feel like there’s a lot of value,” he said. “To see all the different tables and how they get decorated really is fun to see the imagination people have. We’ve seen some incredible tables in the past.”

So far, 51 tables have been sold and the $30,000 fundraising goal set for the event has been surpassed with a total of $39,000 already raised.

“We’ve actually sold more tables this year than we did in 2019, which is actually pretty amazing,” Miranda said. “It’s really wonderful to see the way this community just wants to support local non-profits.”

All proceeds made from the event go directly to services and resources provided for children housed at the Vashti Center. Miranda said there are currently 35 children housed on Vashti’s campus. 

“It goes toward expenses such as food, clothes for them and any of their needs that they have, so making sure that they benefit the children that live here,” he said.

While the event’s purpose is fundraising, Miranda said it’s had a positive impact on the community since being hosted on the Downtown Thomasville brick streets. 

“This was definitely something that people missed not being able to do in 2020 and so being able to bring it back in 2021 was something that was really exciting for us, but I also think it’s great for our community as well,” he said. 

Anyone who isn’t able to attend the event but still wants to donate is welcomed to do so. Miranda said any gifts or donations can be sent through Vashti.org

“That’s something that we’ll be really thankful for,” he said. 

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