Dinner in the Fields: Leadership Clinton holds annual farm-to-fork fundraiser


About 300 attend Leadership Clinton fundraiser

By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



The ice cream — and everything else — is both homemade and tasty.

The ice cream — and everything else — is both homemade and tasty.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Two drink tokens per person.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Some new young friends are made at Dinner in the Fields.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Everyone enjoys the homemade ice cream — including those who need a little assistance.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Leadership Clinton volunteers Kelly Hopkins and Susan Kocher get set to auction off the tasty farm-to-fork “leftovers.”


Tom Barr | News Journal

Leadership Clinton volunteer Josh Sams, right, helps out at the event.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Leadership Clinton volunteer Sigrid Solomon is busy during the pie auction fundraiser.


Tom Barr | News Journal

From left, Steve Riehle, Bob Schaad and Fadi Al-Ghawi spent hours under a hot sun cooking — followed by cleaning — so everyone could enjoy the farm-to-fork food. For more photos of the event, visit wnewsj.com.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Table 15 musicians Peg and Scott Gold provide smooth notes for attendees.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Keeping the flow of pies moving during the pie auction fundraiser.


Tom Barr | News Journal

The annual event was again well-attended, this year at Hillyard Farm.


Courtesy photos | Cathy Koerner

A small army of volunteers makes the annual event a success.


Courtesy photos | Cathy Koerner

Smiles abounded Friday event, even from those working hard to make it a success.


Courtesy photos | Cathy Koerner

Kids enjoy Dinner in the Fields at Hillyard Farm as sunset brings the event to a close Friday.


Courtesy photo | Becky Strafford

NEW VIENNA — Around 300 people attended the 10th Annual Dinner in the Fields farm-to-fork event — the biggest and yearly fundraiser for the Clinton County Leadership Institute — Friday evening at Hillyard Farm, owned by Craig and Becky Strafford on Bernard Road.

Guests enjoyed a hearty home-cooked dinner made with all local foods, prepared onsite, featuring music all evening, games, a homemade pie auction and more.

“Dinner in the Fields is our biggest fundraiser for the support and operation of the Clinton County Leadership Institute,” CCLI Board of Directors President Kelly Hopkins told the News Journal Monday. “I wish to express my sincerest thank you to our host farm family, the Straffords, to our guests for the evening, and to the amazing volunteers!

“A special thank you to Diane Murphy for her creative ideas and hard work in months leading up to our 10th anniversary Dinner in the Fields,” he said, adding, “See you all next year!”

“This year’s DIF event was so well attended by so many supportive Clinton Countians and their families and friends,” said Dauna Armstrong, President of the Leadership Clinton Governance Board. “CCLI greatly appreciates their continued support. The host family and extended family were so enthusiastic about the dinner and so proud to share some of the family’s and farm’s history. It was a delightful evening.”

The ice cream — and everything else — is both homemade and tasty.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_2-kids-eat-ice-cream-3.jpgThe ice cream — and everything else — is both homemade and tasty. Tom Barr | News Journal

Two drink tokens per person.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_waiting-for-drinks-3.jpgTwo drink tokens per person. Tom Barr | News Journal

Some new young friends are made at Dinner in the Fields.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_4-girls-posing-3.jpgSome new young friends are made at Dinner in the Fields. Tom Barr | News Journal

Everyone enjoys the homemade ice cream — including those who need a little assistance.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_feeding-ice-cream-3.jpegEveryone enjoys the homemade ice cream — including those who need a little assistance. Tom Barr | News Journal

Leadership Clinton volunteers Kelly Hopkins and Susan Kocher get set to auction off the tasty farm-to-fork “leftovers.”
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_hopkins-and-ppppp-3.jpgLeadership Clinton volunteers Kelly Hopkins and Susan Kocher get set to auction off the tasty farm-to-fork “leftovers.” Tom Barr | News Journal

Leadership Clinton volunteer Josh Sams, right, helps out at the event.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_josh-sams-3.jpgLeadership Clinton volunteer Josh Sams, right, helps out at the event. Tom Barr | News Journal

Leadership Clinton volunteer Sigrid Solomon is busy during the pie auction fundraiser.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_sigrid-with-pie-3.jpgLeadership Clinton volunteer Sigrid Solomon is busy during the pie auction fundraiser. Tom Barr | News Journal

From left, Steve Riehle, Bob Schaad and Fadi Al-Ghawi spent hours under a hot sun cooking — followed by cleaning — so everyone could enjoy the farm-to-fork food. For more photos of the event, visit wnewsj.com.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_steve-bob-fadi-3.jpgFrom left, Steve Riehle, Bob Schaad and Fadi Al-Ghawi spent hours under a hot sun cooking — followed by cleaning — so everyone could enjoy the farm-to-fork food. For more photos of the event, visit wnewsj.com. Tom Barr | News Journal

Table 15 musicians Peg and Scott Gold provide smooth notes for attendees.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_Table-15-musicians-3.jpgTable 15 musicians Peg and Scott Gold provide smooth notes for attendees. Tom Barr | News Journal

Keeping the flow of pies moving during the pie auction fundraiser.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_table-of-pies-3.jpgKeeping the flow of pies moving during the pie auction fundraiser. Tom Barr | News Journal

The annual event was again well-attended, this year at Hillyard Farm.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_crowd-3.jpgThe annual event was again well-attended, this year at Hillyard Farm. Courtesy photos | Cathy Koerner

A small army of volunteers makes the annual event a success.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_vols-3.jpgA small army of volunteers makes the annual event a success. Courtesy photos | Cathy Koerner

Smiles abounded Friday event, even from those working hard to make it a success.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_sigrid-and-ppppp-3.jpgSmiles abounded Friday event, even from those working hard to make it a success. Courtesy photos | Cathy Koerner

Kids enjoy Dinner in the Fields at Hillyard Farm as sunset brings the event to a close Friday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_sunset-1.jpgKids enjoy Dinner in the Fields at Hillyard Farm as sunset brings the event to a close Friday. Courtesy photo | Becky Strafford
About 300 attend Leadership Clinton fundraiser

By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com