Night of 1000 Dinners, a virtual community celebration of International Women’s Day, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, via Zoom. The event is hosted by the Johnson County Chapter of the United Nations Association and 21 co-sponsoring organizations.

International Women’s Day honors the achievements and contributions of women worldwide. The Johnson County celebration will recognize three local organizations founded by, led by, and/or serving women who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The groups to be honored are the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Houses into Homes, and Sankofa Outreach Connection.

About the virtual event

The program will feature performances or readings by the Oakdale Community Choir, the International Academy of Russian Music, Arts, and Culture, an Afghani novelist in the UI International Writing Program, and a dance performance by Iowa Andhi.

Recognizing the mounting food insecurity caused by the pandemic, proceeds from the event will be donated to the UN World Food Programme,  CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank, the Coralville Community Food Pantry, and the North Liberty Community Pantry.

How to purchase tickets

Tickets are $25 per household or $10 for students and those impacted by the pandemic. Tickets may be purchased online at (please enter “Night of 1000 Dinners” in the search box at the top left-hand corner of the screen) or mail a check payable to “JC UNA” to JC UNA, 308 E. Burlington Street, #245, Iowa City, IA 52240. Donations are also gratefully accepted. Ticket purchasers and donors will receive a Zoom link for the event and be entered into a drawing for $50 gift cards purchased from local ethnic restaurants.

Sponsors as of February 12 are 100 Grannies for a Livable World, GreenState Credit Union, Hills Bank and Trust Co., Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, Iowa City Human Rights Commission, Iowa Peace Corps Association, Iowa Women’s Foundation, James Investment Group, MidwestOne Bank, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Peace Iowa, Refugee and Immigrant Association, Sanctuary Community Church, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, Trinity Episcopal Church, UI Campus Chapter UNA-USA, UI International Programs, UI School of Social Work, Unitarian Universalist Society, Veridian Credit Union, and Veterans for Peace.

The United Nations Association – USA is a non-partisan, non-governmental membership movement of Americans who support a constructive partnership between the United States and the United Nations.  Please visit

For more information, contact Jim Olson of the Johnson County United Nations Association at 319-512-0007. 

Date of publication

Monday, February 22, 2021