2nd Annual Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) Benefit Dinner Tops 2012 Results

Local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups collect 76 lbs of food and raise $2,089.52 for Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Final results are in for the November 2, 2013 FSM Benefit Dinner. 128 diners enjoyed the noodley goodness prepared by 34 volunteers from local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups. This fun-filled event featured a raffle and silent auction of items donated by 21 area businesses and local artists/donors. Musicians alternated with presentations to entertain diners. Three Camp Quest representatives were on hand with activities for children.

The event was held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. Melissa Lawson served as master of ceremonies ably assisted by her son Vlad, both in Pastafarian pirate regalia. Diana Cunningham, Avery Winston and Derrick Strobl each gave brief talks (see inset). Karen Thimmes, Melissa Lawson and Drew Stedman and the Cosmic Nothings gave wonderful musical performances. The 34 volunteers who produced the event are members of the following groups:

  • Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) [15 volunteers]
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus [14]
  • Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) [9])
  • Secular Student Alliance at The Ohio State University [8]
  • Atheists of Columbus [6]
  • Recovering from Religion Columbus Chapter [6]
  • Omnipresent Atheists [5]
  • Divorce Beyond Belief [3]
  • Secular Student Alliance at Columbus State Community College [3]
  • Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA) [2]
  • Freethinkers at Ohio Wesleyan University [1]

*Note that some volunteers are members of multiple groups.

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) handled project management (Avery Winston, Matt Shannon) and post event activity.

Businesses and individuals that donated food (or gift cards used to purchase food) for the dinner and items for the raffle and silent auction include:

  • Colin's Coffee
  • Across The Field Store
  • Aladdin's – Grandview
  • Marshall's Grandview
  • Giant Eagle
  • Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT)
  • Dave Nohle
  • Christina Schultz
  • Margaret Chin
  • Barbara Williams
  • Heresy Labs
  • Dawn Owar
  • Dean Barbo
  • Douglas Whaley
  • Ellen Rapkin
  • Becca Jay
  • Brittany Shoots-Reinhart
  • Kerri Boris Stott
  • Susanne Elmer
  • Michael Chiklis & Christina Schultz
  • Zebra Pie Gifts, Ruthie Lewis