7th Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) Benefit Dinner a Great Success

Poster and Program for 7th FSM Benefit Dinner 2018

$16,580.45 and 1,914 lbs of food collected for Mid-Ohio Foodbank by Columbus CoR groups since 2012

Final results are in for the November 8, 2018 7th Annual FSM Benefit Dinner. 68 lbs of food were collected and $2,333.23 was raised for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. 133 diners enjoyed the noodley goodness prepared by 28 volunteers from local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups. This fun-filled event featured a bake sale, raffle and silent auction of items donated by 36 area businesses and local artists/donors. Performers Alan Reed, David Jon Krohn and Karen Thimmes entertained diners and activities for children were available. Columbus CoR groups have collected a total of 1,914 lbs of food and $16,580.45 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 2012 – 2018:

Year Food (lbs) Amount raised ($) Notes
2012 360 1,884.04
2013 76 2,089.52
2014 475 2,643.21 (includes COUNT Bowling Night)
2015 391 2,385.01
2016 208 2,084.59
2017 264 3,059.09 (includes 3 Brewery Fundraisers, Atheist Reunion & Revival)
2018 68 2,383.23 (includes 1 Brewery Fundraiser)

The event was held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and Melissa Lawson served as master of ceremonies. The 28 volunteers who produced the event are members of the following groups:

  • Omnipresent Atheists (OA) [12 volunteers*]
  • UU Atheists, Skeptic, Humanists (ASH) [8]
  • Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) [6]
  • Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA) [4]
  • Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) [3]
  • Atheists of Columbus (AoC) [2]
  • Recovering from Religion – Columbus OH (RR) [1]

*Note that some volunteers are members of multiple groups.

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) handled project management (Gail Ukockis with assistance from Columbus CoR Coordinator Dan Hronek), and post event activity (David Nohle) with financial support from the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO). Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA), Recovering from Religion (RR), HCCO and COUNT provided gift baskets. Frank Phillips managed check-in and financial matters, Alexandria Kalika managed the bake sale, Michael Krichten the kitchen, and Phil Radliff and Amanda Barker the silent auction and raffle.

Businesses and individuals that donated performances or items for the raffle, silent auction and bake sale include:

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 7, 2019.

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