Dinner brings out Wilson County’s imagination

Jake Old • Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The 12th annual Wilson Books from Birth Imagination Dinner was held in the Wilson County Exposition Center on Thursday, the first time in the venue.

Locals dressed in a variety of costumes — many inspired by children’s books — filled the South Hall in the expo center.

Each table followed a theme, with matching waiters, and groups faced good-natured challenges, a long-running staple of the event.

Last year, the event had 39 tables. That number increased to 44 this year, according to Peggy Simpson, director of Wilson Books from Birth.

Each table seated eight people and cost $250 to sponsor. Money was also raised through a silent auction that ran alongside the event.

Although the event did not officially begin until 6:30 p.m., the parking lot and the South Hall were nearly full well before then, as costumed characters made their way to the expo center to set up their tables and support the local nonprofit organization.

The Imagination Dinner is the only significant fundraising event for Wilson Books from Birth, and previous events have raised more than $10,000. The organization provides a free age-appropriate book in the mail each month to every child in Wilson County from birth to age 5.

The event is slated to appear in the expo center again next year, but it will likely move to a different room, according to Charity Tombs, marketing manager at the expo center.

For more information about Wilson Books from Birth, visit wilsonbooksfrombirth.com. 

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