Believe in the Magic of Giving

Every December, the Ben Curtis Family Foundation and friends celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Our annual A Very Merry Dinner event is a night of magic and cheer for local food-insecure children and their families during the holiday season. We now host two dinners — one in Kent, Ohio, and one in Ravenna, Ohio. Families enjoy a buffet dinner, a visit and pictures with Santa, and cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus. In addition, each family takes home a meal (complete with ham or turkey) and gifts from their wish lists for Christmas morning. This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of our sponsors and volunteers. It’s truly a special gathering that gives families a Christmas celebration at a time when they may need it most.

Ben Curtis Family Foundation, A Very Merry Dinner team and volunteers

2 locations

– Kent and Ravenna

180 families

served Christmas dinner in 2018

481 children

took home gifts for Christmas morning in 2018

There are many ways to support A Very Merry Dinner, including wrapping gifts during our annual Wrap-A-Thon event, hosting a giving tree or attending a celebrity bartending event with Ben Curtis as he serves up drinks in support of A Very Merry Dinner.

Ben Curtis guest bartending at a Celebrity Guest Bartending Event

Celebrity Bartender Events

November 2020
Ben Curtis Family Foundation volunteers at a Christmas toy drive

Wrap-A-Thon

December 2020

Sponsor A Very Merry Dinner

Hundreds of families attend A Very Merry Dinner every year. Event and food sponsors are essential to the success of this special holiday tradition!

Event Sponsors 
Ravenna and Kent

 
Snowman Sponsor – $250

Provides everything for TWO families (of five people) to attend A Very Merry Dinner

Elf Sponsor – $500

Provides everything for FOUR families (of five people) to attend A Very Merry Dinner

Santa Sponsor – $1,000

Provides everything for EIGHT families (of five people) to attend A Very Merry Dinner

Gifts Sponsor – $2,000

Provides wrapping supplies and gifts for children to take home for Christmas morning

Food Sponsors
Ravenna Area

Beverage Sponsor – $1,000

Provides beverages for the day of the event

Take Home Meal Sponsor – $1,500

Provides meals for event attendees to take home for Christmas morning

Dinner Sponsor – $2,000

Provides dinner the day of the event for 300 people

Food Sponsors
Kent Area

Beverage Sponsor – $1,000

Provides beverages for the day of the event

Take Home Meal Sponsor – $2,500

Provides meals for event attendees to take home for Christmas morning

Dinner Sponsor – $3,500

Provides dinner the day of the event for 300 people

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors for A Very Merry Dinner

Dinner Sponsor and Take Home Meal Sponsor:  
Marathon Financial Services logo
  • Marisa and Eric Martin
  • The Schoenberger Family
Beverage 
Sponsor:  
AGC Akron Division logo
Davey Proven Solutions for a Growing World logo
  • Cantanzarite Family Foundation
  • MAI Capital Management
Santa Sponsors:  
Ametek logo
  • Ray & Katie Murphy
  • Tom & Annie Eby
  • Walsh Jesuit National Honor Society
  • The Sean & Nancy Ward Charitable Foundation
  • The Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage Center
Elf Sponsors:  
Kent Storage phone number
Brimfield Insurance Group logo
Coleman Professional Services logo
Treno Ristorante logo
  • Darrin & Michelle Hartman
  • Beck Energy Corporation
  • Taproot Catering
  • Printer’s Devil
  • Fit Chicks
  • House of LaRose
  • Judith Wolf
  • Murray & Diane Parker
  • Pete & Jen Goumas
  • The Mosca Family
  • The Pipoly Family
  • Transohio Properties, Inc.
Snowman
Sponsors:  
Buffalo Wild Wings logo
Wright Heating and Cooling logo/van
Kent City Schools Foundation logo
Portage Community Bank logo
Off the Wagon logo
  • Chrystal Shook and Bob Riggie
  • George & Julie Dietz
  • Jean Winsterman
  • Jeff and Amy Dunlap
  • John & Jan Ryan
  • John and Mary Carol Lewis
  • Josh’s Buckeye Carpet Cleaning
  • Kemp Broadcast Marketing
  • Kenneth & Nena Hankins
  • Mark A. Prosser
  • Mary Jo Lewis
  • Matt & Melissa Moldvay
  • Mike and Lynn Lemon
  • Polly Germer
  • Ron & Dana Wyzynski
  • Steve & Jan Marshall
  • Susan & Robert Cart
  • The Kelly & Mary Jones Family
  • The Sopko Family
  • Tom & Lisa Murphy
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Kettle Corn Crew
  • Wayne & Teddy Upson

Fulfill a Christmas Wish

We invite you to sponsor or support A Very Merry Dinner so we can continue to reach more local families. Click below to fulfill a Christmas wish this year!