Drums & Dragons Goes Virtual for 2020!

Be The Change That Our Community Needs to Paddle Forward!


63 supporters

$15,000 goal

Team Member

Community Table


by 1 supporters

$3,000 goal

The Community Table is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious meals, in a welcoming environment, to our neighbors in need. Since 1999, our vision has been that no one in Jackson County, NC goes to bed hungry. We are more than a soup kitchen, more than a food pantry. Through our partnership with MANNA Food Bank, and with the ongoing support of our community, we are a powerful resource for those in need.


Under normal circumstances, The Community Table’s dinner service provides freshly prepared nutritious meals four days a week, from 4pm to 6pm. Dinner service is much like a family-style restaurant; our guests sit where they like, have menu options, and are waited on by our volunteers. From 11am-6pm, our food pantry program provides boxes of groceries. We are open 28 hours each week, allowing our clients' convenient access. Our pantry provides nonperishable foods, frozen and refrigerated foods, fresh produce, proteins, and bread. In all our services, we strive to make each person’s experience positive and dignified.



With the arrival of the COVID-19 health crisis in our country and our community, we have moved all operations outdoors into our parking area, under tents. The pantry is no longer ‘self shop’. All operations are now pre-boxed and drive up only. No clients exit their vehicles and we have a zero-contact policy in place. We are also serving all meals-to-go only.

To facilitate that in a sanitary manner, we made an emergency purchase of a meal packing machine and 12,800 trays. These prepacked meals are more sanitary, can be frozen for up to 3 months, and can safely be reheated in a microwave or oven.

All staff and volunteers have PPE in the form of cloth face masks, face shields, and gloves. We have purchased lots of Max-Quat Sanitizer, and are working on funding for electrostatic sprayers. We are taking on no new volunteers and have let go of most of our older regulars for their safety. We are running on a skeleton crew of 4 and doing our best to keep everyone safe.



Manna Food Bank’s Hunger in America WNC 2014 Report showed that 9 out of 10 households reported buying the cheapest food rather than the healthiest, as a matter of necessity. When asked what types of foods are most needed via food pantries 64% of clients indicated fruits and vegetables and 55% said meats and proteins. 64% of survey respondents also reported having to choose between food or health care in the past 12 months, while 31% of client households have at least one member with diabetes and 55% have at least one member with high blood pressure.

Furthermore, the Jackson County 2018 Community Health Assessment counted 77% of residents as obese or overweight. The correlation between low-income status and obesity has been well demonstrated, as cheaply available food is often the least healthy and most fattening. Several hundred of our most vulnerable Jackson County residents rely on The Community Table for supplemental food to maintain a healthy adequate diet. In 2019, we served over 25,595 meals to our neighbors in need.


Community Table


1 supporter

MountainCare, Inc


27 supporters

WNC Bridge Foundation


9 supporters

Irene Wortham Center, Inc.


9 supporters



5 supporters

Blue Ridge Health


2 supporters

St. Gerard House


3 supporters


Created By

WNC Bridge Foundation

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This year, due to the ongoing pandemic we've had to temporarily hang-up our paddles and move to a virtual format. Our goal is to keep the virtual event health-driven and engaging while upholding the camaraderie-based, team-building nature of the event in our fundraising efforts.



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Virtual Drums & Dragons Month-Long Calendar of Events

Week 1 (9/21-9/27)

Congratulations to Bob Jackson, Elizabeth Williams, Nathan Johnson & Deb Curley-Dempsey ('cuz we simply couldn't pick only 3) for being chosen as the winners of Week # 1's Challenge "Stay Healthy, Stay Active."

Bob has run in three virtual Marathons since the pandemic began...and he runs to and from work each day!!! Deb has been chasing her toddler, has him helping tend her garden, and is ultimately spending as much time as possible out in the natural world to remain healthy & grounded. Elizabeth has Bodie and Molly to keep her outdoors...in rain or shine. And Nathan just biked up to Point Lookout! Way to stay healthy and active, friends!


Theme: Stay Healthy, Stay Active

Challenge: Show us what you've been doing to stay active and healthy throughout the pandemic. We want to see your photos, videos, or even a sentence or two on your methods. Meditation, gardening, cycling, running, boating, walking...even housekeeping and child-rearing count! ;-)

Email: [email protected] by no later than 9/26/20 and we will select the top 3 choices to share on next week's page. Winners will be entered into a prize drawing.

Penny Sanburn of Dynamic Dragon Boat Co. demonstrates all things Dragon Boat Racing in a video she recorded EXCLUSIVELY FOR our 2020 Virtual Drums & Dragons Event! She will demonstrate paddling techniques that can be used for all types of boats, including kayaks, canoes, and of course...dragon boats! She also shares insight on how best to cope during the pandemic, information on the sport and the incredible work these important fundraisers are doing around the country, and much more! There's also a surprise guest who shows up around minute 19...but you have to watch it to catch it! Enjoy!

Week 2  (9/28-10/4)

Congratulations to Kris Bryant for winning last week's "Pay it Forward" wellness challenge! 

"COVID has closed Physical Therapy access for many seniors. They also don't get outside much. So, I took this dear lady along when I went to see my horse and made sure she got some good fun exercise to replace her physical therapy." - Kris



Theme: Pay it Forward

Challenge: Do something positive for a person or place in your community. Offer to cook a meal for a single parent. Share items from your garden with your neighbors, walk an injured or ill friend's dog, pick up trash on the roadside, at a park, or at your favorite hiking spot.

Email your photos, videos, or thoughts to [email protected] by no later than 10/3/20 and we will select the top 3 choices to share on next week's page. Winners will be entered into a prize drawing.

Week 3 (10/5-10/11)


Theme: Nature Is the Best Medicine

Challenge: Spend time outdoors with your family & friends. Pitch a tent. Kayak, canoe, or just go for a swim. Hike somewhere new. Take time to stop and smell the flowers. Then share with us your methods for winding down during this difficult time.

Congratulations to our Week #3 Winners: Troop  603 from Hendersonville who hiked 15+ miles  in Pisgah National Forest, exemplifying that "Nature is the Best Medicine!"


Theme: Be the Change Our Community Needs to Paddle Forward!

Ultimate Fundraising Push!!!  

Congratulations to our 2020 Top Fundraising Nonprofit Team: MountainCare!

2020 Best Dressed Drummer: Nathan Johnson of Irene's Argonauts!


Best Dragon Costume or Prop: MountainCare


The organizations that participate in Drums & Dragons and the services they provide are as unique as the event itself.  

Funds raised during this year's Drums & Dragons will allow Blue Ridge Health to greatly improve medical treatment options for low-income families, help The Community Table prevent families in Jackson County from going to bed hungry, and allow developmentally challenged adults to thrive with the help of caring Staff of the Irene Wortham Center. Your generosity will also help St. Gerard House improve their capacity to serve children with autism, allow caregivers respite while their family members attend MountainCare's Adult Day services, and provide low-cost temporary housing at the Rathbun House, the only Hospitality House in the region, for non-Buncombe area residents whose families are undergoing medical treatment in nearby hospitals.

 We can't do any of this without your help! Please give what you can and share the tremendous needs of these nonprofits with others. We wholeheartedly thank you all for your support!


A very warm thanks to this year's Platinum Dragon Sponsor, Vannoy Construction!

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