3rd Annual Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) Benefit Dinner Tops 2013 Results

Local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups collect 350 lbs of food and raise $2,618.21 for Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Final results are in for the November 6, 2014 FSM Benefit Dinner. 149 diners enjoyed the noodley goodness prepared by 31 volunteers from local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups. This fun-filled event featured a raffle and silent auction of items donated by 28 area businesses and local artists/donors. Musicians alternated with raffle drawings to entertain diners. Baked goods and activities for children were available.

The event was held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. Melissa Lawson served as master of ceremonies in Pastafarian pirate regalia assisted by her son Vlad. Karen Thimmes, Alan Reed and Melissa Lawson gave wonderful musical performances. The 31 volunteers who produced the event are members of the following groups:

  • UU Atheists, Skeptic, Humanists (ASH) [9 volunteers]
  • Atheists of Columbus (AoC) [9]
  • Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) [9])
  • Omnipresent Atheists (OA) [9]
  • Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) [5]
  • Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU) [5]
  • Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA) [4]
  • Recovering from Religion (RR) Columbus Chapter [4]
  • Secular Singles of Central Ohio (SSCO) [3]
  • SSA at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) [2]
  • OWU (Ohio Wesleyan University) Freethinkers [2]

*Note that some volunteers are members of multiple groups.

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) handled project management (Avery Winston) and post event activity (Christina McDuffie, David Nohle).

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

Columbus CoR groups have collected a total of 911 lbs of food and $6,616.77 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 2012 – 2014.