Dining With A Star: CBC Sponsors Dinner Party for United Arts

Dining With A Star:
CBC Sponsors Dinner Party for United Arts

Sharon Lawrence Supports Arts at State Capitol Evening

CBC hosted a “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” event at the State Capitol for United Arts on October 19th.

The United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County launched a brand new fundraiser this fall, and Capitol Broadcasting Company stepped in to help.

Exclusive homes and locations, elegant dinners and exclusive company combine to create an unforgettable evening for area arts supporters. The first annual “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” is in full swing, running from October 19 – 22.

Each dinner features a special surprise celebrity guest. Patrons get a chance to dine and chat with an artist from North Carolina.

Kyle Hughes & Sharon Lawrence
WRAL-TV’s Kyle Hughes (left) got a lucky seat of honor next to star Sharon Lawrence.
Phyllis Parish & Seab Howard
WRAL-TV’s Phyllis Parish & her husband, Seab Howard, chat with guests at the dinner.

CBC hosted 32 guests at the State Capitol Building in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm. Accomplished actress Sharon Lawrence attended the event as the mystery guest.

Sharon Lawrence & Jan Sharp
Guest celebrity Sharon Lawrence (left) poses with CBC VP of Human Resources Jan Sharp.

“You can count on me to come back,” said Lawrence in support of United Arts. And the organization has already set a date to bring “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” back next year: Oct 18-21, 2006.
Sharon Lawrence
Lawrence said the arts are a natural resource in North Carolina.

Lawrence actually already had ties to CBC. Her father, Tom Lawrence, reported about the technology field for WRAL-TV for many years. She has worked on Broadway, television and in film, garnering much critical acclaim. Famous for her turn on NYPD as wife of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), Lawrence has gone on to make an indelible mark on the industry. Most recently she appeared on television in Desperate Housewives and Boston Legal. And she just received rave reviews for starring in “No Time for Comedy” at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

WRAL-TV Employee Supports the Arts
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WRAL-TV Receptionist Jewell Matthews showed her support for the arts by posing for the promotional poster for “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Matthews’ good friend Georgia Donaldson is in charge of the fundraiser and asked Matthews to be in the photos. Mattews is attending two of the dinners as well.
(Matthews is on the right side of the table in turquoise.)

“I am fortunate I came from North Carolina because of the roots I was planted in: an appreciation for the arts,” said Lawrence. “There is an energy and a pace that exists here and an ability to slow down and reflect. There’s so much more to this place than most people know.”

Lawrence told the intimate group, “You’re creating the future by supporting the arts.”

CBC is the Gold Sponsor for the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” series, and WRAL-TV is a Contributing Sponsor.

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