In early March, when long, cold winters have confined everybody to their homes, the Achieve Foundation launches a huge community get-together. It’s a simple, brilliant concept: Volunteer hosts throw parties and invite their friends and neighbors. Instead of bringing a beverage or dessert, guests make a contribution to Achieve. Over 1,000 dine in 50 or more homes in all neighborhoods each year, demonstrating the camaraderie and generosity of spirit of our two towns — all to benefit Achieve’s programs.
Party-goers are entertained at murder-mystery evenings, birthday bashes, casino events, retro parties, ladies’ nights and other themed parties. Since its inception in 2005, the Night of 100 Dinners has raised almost $500,000 to fund Achieve’s programs and benefit all nine schools in the district.