Why I Skipped Sunday Brunch

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The Sunday Supper Raised Over $100,000 for Hurricane Matthew Relief

It takes a lot for me to miss Sunday brunch. It takes even more to alter my current Sunday routine of waking up, reading social media for an hour, going to brunch, napping, watching football, napping, eating an anxiety pizza and/or Goodberry’s for dinner, and then watching whatever hit show is on HBO (Westworld). While many enjoy spending their Sunday afternoons at food truck rodeos, “Sunday Fundays”, and being outdoors, I much prefer my routine. If Saturdays are for the boys, then Sundays are for me.

This week, I decided to make an exception to my routine after hearing about The Sunday Supper, a community fundraiser put on by Eckel & Vaughan and Kohn Associates to support those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. From The Sunday Supper site:

“Early estimates suggest Hurricane Matthew had a devastating impact of over $1.5 billion for eastern North Carolina with more than 100,000 structures and countless farm operations impacted by historic flooding. Our friends, our families, and our farmers are hurting – and will be for years to come. The Sunday Supper is an opportunity for North Carolinians to unite, support each other, and help our neighbors recover and rebuild.”

Obviously this was for a great cause, but what intrigued me the most was that The Sunday Supper would be held in the middle of Fayetteville Street on a Sunday afternoon. To my knowledge, this had never been done before. And with only 1,000 tickets available, I was assured this would be an exclusive ITB event. So on Sunday, I joined over 1,000 people at two long tables stretching from Morgan Street to Martin Street to dine on barbeque, Brunswick stew, and more, all to help raise funds for Hurricane Matthew relief.

A stage was set up near the capitol where Mayor McFarlane and others talked about the importance of continuing to help the rest of our state. The supper also included performances by Big Fat Gap, the Shaw University Gospel Choir, Meredith Jones & The Dreammakers, and ITB’s own LowBröw.

LowBröw, one of ITB’s finest, playing at The Sunday Supper. 5 out of 5 beltlines. #ITBmusiccritic @sundaysuppernc

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Event organizers estimate that over $100,000 was raised by selling tickets and from many Raleigh businesses (listed below) who donated 10% of their Sunday proceeds to the event. You can still donate here.

In addition to raising money for charity, shutting down the streets made it impossible for Trolley Pubs to ruin the beautiful weather and Sunday afternoon. Plus, this Instagram got over 225 likes, which validates my self-worth.

While it was totally out of character for me to attend The Sunday Supper, it was totally worth it. I look forward to seeing how our community can come together in the coming months to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Maybe next time they’ll serve French toast from Capital Club 16. Verdict: 5 out of 5 beltlines


Businesses that donated 10% of their Sunday proceeds.


Special thanks to those who helped put on the event.

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