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Traveling Oregon newlyweds in Las Vegas for part of their five month honeymoon taking strangers to breakfast across America
Published on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 (12:20 p.m.)December 7, 2012
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Contact: Matt Webber cell (503) 341-2390
Traveling Oregon newlyweds in Las Vegas for part of their five month honeymoon taking strangers to breakfast across America.
This past July, right after Courtney Dillard and her fiancé Matt Webber walked down the aisle, the couple hit the open road on a unique journey across America. They decided to start their new lives together by taking a leap of faith not only with one another, but also with dozens of people they’ve never met. The leap? Matt and Courtney are sitting down at the breakfast table with strangers in all corners of this country to share both meals and conversation.
The couple embarked on their five month journey in part to challenge the negative narratives of ‘stranger danger’ and a bitterly divided America. They have sought out strangers along the road in many ways including online networks, hand-held signs and pure chance. Over the last several months the couple has been fortunate enough to have breakfast with a host of wonderful Americans like Tim, the cowboy chocolatier of Meeteetsee, WY; Lt. Governor Bohringer of Montana; Barry, the curator of the National Mustard Museum in Wisconsin; Ilse, an octogenarian in New York City who fled Nazi occupied Europe as a young girl; and Juan, a wounded infantryman in Orlando, FL. The couple arrives in Las Vegas this Saturday (December 8) and will be dining with their next stranger, Ryan, at the Peppermill Restaurant that night.
Word of their unusual honeymoon has spread via their website breakfastwithstrangers.com and through their successful Kickstarter campaign where the couple raised over $8,000 online (mostly from strangers) which helped them fund the breakfast project. Thus far the two have received more than 1,200 breakfast requests from Los Angeles, CA to Enterprise, AL.
Several months into the road trip, the couple still is amazed by the incredible people they have met and the rich stories that complete strangers have shared with them. They both agree that their faith in their fellow Americans and their nation as a whole has been bolstered with every breakfast. As Matt points out: “There is no doubt that the American spirit of effort, optimism and generosity is alive and well in America. At almost every meal, we encountered people who are eager to tell us of both their life’s triumphs and tragedies.”
Contact: Matt Webber & Courtney Dillard 503-260-9803 / [email protected]