Charlie David 2021

The Charlie David Dinner (CDD) is a Columbus Academy tradition! This annual event is named in honor of a dedicated parent who, 40+ years ago, organized and hosted a pre-game chicken dinner for Academy students and parents during the football season. The event has grown throughout the years and continues to be one that everyone in the Academy community — whether parent/guardian, faculty/staff, student or extended family — can participate in and ENJOY.

Today, this “chicken dinner” is the cornerstone of financial support for ALL Columbus Academy athletic programs. The evening includes a meal, silent auction, raffle ticket sales, and fun activities for kids organized by CA Upper School students in the CA gym.

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the October 1, 2021 Charlie David Dinner! It was a beautiful evening and we truly appreciate your support of CA Athletics!

The 39th Annual Charlie David Dinner, a fun, community-building tailgate event, took place prior to the home varsity football game Friday, October 1. This year’s parent-driven fundraising dinner for the athletics department proved to be unlike any other, with new food options (including Broke Johnny Food Truck, City BBQ, Fired Up Pizza, Pitabilities Food Truck and Raising Cane’s Chicken) and fun activities for kids from our Upper School student-run clubs. THANK YOU to all who attended and supported our athletic program!

In 2020, the Charlie David Dinner committee successfully launched an online event due to the pandemic and raised over $64,000 to support the 60+ 6th-12th grade Columbus Academy athletic teams!

In 2019, the event raised almost $70,000! Proceeds from the event purchased:

  • soccer goal nets
  • baseball uniforms
  • golf indoor training mats
  • a track and field timing system
  • & much more.

The 2018 Charlie David Dinner raised $60,000 which afforded the purchase of these items: 

  • Set of Field Hockey Goals                              
  • Set of Lacrosse Goals
  • Track & Field/XC Record Board Renovation              
  • Ice Hockey Pants (Shells)                               
  • Track & Field Starting Blocks
  • Girls Tennis Warm-Ups                                  
  • New Wrestling Warm-Ups                             
  • New Boys Tennis Warm-Ups

In 2017, the purchases included: 

  • Emergency Purchases –  In Spring of 2017 late in the baseball season, the scoreboard went out in the middle of the season and thanks to CDD funds on hand, the athletics department was able to replace the board right away.
  • Wrestling matt replacement in the Barton Room
  • Basketball chairs for players and coaches
  • Girls varsity basketball uniforms
  • Lacrosse helmets
  • Netting for the cement pad batting cage
  • Upgrade of filming service for sports
  • Camera for girls basketball
  • Cross-country warm-ups
  • Track uniforms
  • Swim team warm-ups
  • Field hockey uniforms
  • Volleyball uniforms
  • Cold weather parkas for outdoor sports
  • Baseball field maintenance work
  • Wrestling uniforms
  • Operating budget is good but CD ensure they need for nothing.
  • Replacement/reapair of over a dozen scoreboards

Funds also supplement the Athletic Department operating budget so that the Department can address the needs of athletes and teams expeditiously.