It was a full house for Sunday’s Dinner over Diamond event, held in the most unusual of dining locations – an overpass on Diamond Drive.
The event was a fundraiser for United Way, which the organization’s Youth Team organized and hosted. The team also received assistance from the Los Alamos High School cheerleading squad, the boys and girls varsity soccer teams and the high school football team.
Diners enjoyed a meal catered by Bob’s Bodacious BBQ as well as root beer floats.
Morrie Pongratz, the United Way Youth Team mentor, said the event kicked off a series of fundraisers that the Youth Team will host. Other events include the Taste the Sky fundraiser at 4 p.m., Sept. 28 at Los Alamos Airport, High Tea on the Hill at 1 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Los Alamos High School lobby and Hamburger Night at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at Bandelier Grill.
“It is pretty much kicking off our campaign,” United Way Marketing Assistant Jeremy Varela said, adding that things were starting off on a great note. “The tables are full and the weather is magnificent.”
“I’m just excited that this is all working out so well,” said Emily Hopkins, Los Alamos High School student and producer for the event.
She explained the Youth Team decided to give this year’s dinner a tailgating theme, which is why different high school sport teams were invited to participate.
Pongratz said the Youth Team generally raises a little more than $10,000 for United Way through all its fundraisers. Even more importantly, the fundraisers help educate young people about community service.
“Service is a real part of your education and it’s a real joy working with these young people and getting them involved in this type of community service,” he said.
Diners seemed impressed with the young people’s efforts.
“It’s fantastic,” Margot Liberty said.
“We’re loving it,” Mary Campbell said.
Hannah Fellers attended the dinner with her young son, Sal, who seemed to enjoy the dining atmosphere. “It’s so, so, high!” Sal said.