The 2022 Charlie David Dinner will be held on Friday, October 14.

Click Here for the 40th Anniversary flyer.

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.


The 40th Annual Charlie David Dinner, a fun, community-building tailgate event, takes place before the home varsity football game vs. Bexley on Friday, October 14th.
This year’s parent-driven fundraising dinner for the athletics department will rival years past, with spirited Vike’s, intergenerational gaming, and diversified food options to include:
  • The Cheesy Truck
  • Dos Hermanos
  • Paddy Wagon
  • Seven Little Sliders
  • Zaki

Charlie David Dinner staple, City BBQ, and Broke Johnny Food Truck also return this year.

Get ahead of the game — purchase meal tickets and sponsorship opportunities online at: Advance purchase of tickets online closes October 9th at 10 p.m.


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 the Spring of 2017, late in the baseball season, the scoreboard went out in the middle of the season. Thanks to CDD funds on hand, the athletics department was able to replace the board immediately.
  • Wrestling matt replacement in the Barton Room
  • Basketball chairs for players and coaches
  • Girl’s 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
  • The operating budget is reasonable, but CD ensure they need nothing.
  • Replacement/repair 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.