Local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups collect 391 lbs of food and raise $2,385.01 for Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Final results are in for the November 5, 2014 FSM Benefit Dinner. 137 diners enjoyed the noodley goodness prepared by 30 volunteers from local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups. This fun-filled event featured a raffle and silent auction of items donated by 23 area businesses and local artists/donors. Musicians alternated with raffle drawings to entertain diners. Baked goods and activities for children were available. The 391 lbs of food donated by attendees outstrips the amount collected at the three previous events.
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 and Alan Reed gave wonderful musical performances. The 30 volunteers who produced the event are members of the following groups:
- Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) [14 volunteers]
- Omnipresent Atheists (OA) 
- Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) 
- UU Atheists, Skeptic, Humanists (ASH) 
- Atheists of Columbus (AoC) 
- Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA) 
- Recovering from Religion (RR) Columbus Chapter 
- Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU) 
*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) with financial support from Foundation Beyond Belief and Humanist Community of Central Ohio.
Businesses and individuals that donated food (or cash/gift cards used to purchase food) for the dinner and items for the raffle, silent auction and bake sale include:
- Aladdin’s Eatery
- Alexandria Kalika
- Avery Winston
- Brian Waters
- Brothers Drake
- CBC Detailing
- Central Ohio United Non-Theists
- Christina McDuffie
- Colin’s Coffee
- Dan DeMura
- Dan Starner
- David Nohle
- Frank Zindler
- Gary Glowacki
- Humanist Community of Central Ohio
- Jessica Hummer
- Kaitlin Peterman
- Kat LoGrande
- Kunal Chatterjee
- Lineage Brewing
- Melissa Linton
- Michael Colon
- Michael Krichten
- Mid Ohio Atheists, Inc.
- Phil Radliff
- Rebecca Williams
- Seventh Son Brewing Company
- Susanne Elmer
Columbus CoR groups have collected a total of 1,302 lbs of food and $9,001.78 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 2012 – 2015.
Photos courtesy of Alan Reed and Avery Winston