Clarksville Academy's 30th Annual Steak Dinner

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

John Mark Cox, Mackenzie Johnson, Zach Austin

Clarksville Academy recently hosted its 30th Annual 'An Evening with Friends' Steak Dinner, a candlelight three-course meal held on Proctor Court in the Activities Center.

“We have 400 guests this year,” CA's Director of Marketing and Development, Sally Allen said. “We have about 70 student servers, and we have about 100 students from grades 3 - 12 who will be performing tonight as part of our Lower, Intermediate, and Upper School Choirs.”

Allen says that this event began as a fundraiser for CA 30 years ago. It was a way to bring additional funds for school programs.

“Helen Allen, my mother-in-law, was involved in the first Steak Dinner, and we still use this event as a way to offset our annual fund. This has grown into a bigger night than we could have imagined, and it's always highly anticipated by our students and their families.”

Allen's husband Frazier was put to work as well. He and a team of volunteers were outside braving the cool, rainy weather, grilling 365 steaks and 70 chickens to satisfy the hungry crowd of CA supporters.

“It's a lot of work, but it happens pretty fast,” Allen said. “Our grill team fired up the steaks and chicken just as the guests were served their salads. Our Cafeteria Director, Karen Dirksen did all the baked potatoes, and apples, and all the rest.

“We built this special stage for tonight's presentation. The students have been working on this since January, and everyone really looks forward to this. It has become quite a tradition.”