Pump Boys and Dinettes Fundraiser

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwenty years ago a group of friends at UNC-Chapel Hill put on a production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. Several years later they got together to produce the first New York City production of Pump Boys since the original Broadway run. This January they are coming together again for two special fundraising performances to support Farm Church Co-Pastor Ben Johnston-Krase. 100% of proceeds goes to the “Live Into Hope Fund” which will support Ben and his family as he undergoes treatment for cancer.

Tickets are free so we are counting on donations to reach our fundraising goal of $65,500. The performances will be at the historic Hayti Heritage Center. It’s an intimate space so all seats are close to the stage. Donations of $500 or more will have reserved seats.


A musical with deep North Carolina roots, Pump Boys and Dinettes features the “pump boys,” who sell high octane on Highway 57, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC. Their friends the “dinettes” run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together, they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils!


This special production will benefit the Live into Hope Fund, which was established to support Rev. Ben Johnston-Krase and his family. Ben is the Co-Pastor of Farm Church and was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in November 2017. All donations to the fund will allow Farm Church to support Ben, his wife Karla, and their three daughters, by providing a salary, health insurance, and disability benefits as they journey with this disease in 2018.

Ben co-planted Farm Church in 2015 as a church that meets on a farm–currently, at SEEDS community garden in Durham. Link: www.farmchurch.org. Farm Church’s mission is to gather a Christ-centered community around elements of soil and food, to break bread together, and to leverage all the resources of a farm to address food insecurity in our community. We welcome donations to the Live into Hope fund even if you aren’t able to attend the show. Learn more and donate at www.farmchurch.org/hope. Questions? Contact carynnemc@gmail.com.