Five Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) Benefit Dinners have raised over $11,000 to feed the hungry

Local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups have collected a total of 1,510 lbs of food and $11,086.37 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 2012 – 2016.

Final results are in for the November 10, 2016 5th Annual FSM Benefit Dinner. 208 lbs of food were collected and $2,084.59 was raised for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. 94 diners enjoyed the noodley goodness prepared by 25 volunteers from local humanist, atheist, and skeptic groups. This fun-filled event featured craft beer, a bake sale, raffle and silent auction of items donated by 24 area businesses and local artists/donors. Musician Alan Reed entertained diners and activities for children were available. Columbus CoR groups have collected a total of 1,510 lbs of food and $11,086.37 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 2012 – 2016.

The event was held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and Nathan Russell served as master of ceremonies. The 25 volunteers who produced the event are members of the following groups:

  • Omnipresent Atheists (OA) [12 volunteers]
  • UU Atheists, Skeptic, Humanists (ASH) [10]
  • Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) [6]
  • Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA) [5]
  • Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) [4]
  • Atheists of Columbus (AoC) [2]
  • Camp Quest [1]
  • Recovering from Religion (RR) Columbus Chapter [1]

*Note that some volunteers are members of multiple groups.

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) handled project management (Avery Winston) and post event activity (David Nohle) with financial support from the Humanist Community of Central Ohio and other donors. Alexandria Kalika managed the bake sale, Michael Krichten and Gary Glowacki the kitchen and serving line, Jenn Conley the raffle sales, David Raymond the beer station and Amanda Barker the silent auction.

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

  • Alexandria Kalika
  • Avery Winston
  • Brian Waters
  • Brothers Drake Meadery
  • Dave Nohle
  • Derrick Strobl
  • Four String Brewing Co
  • Frank Zindler
  • Growl!
  • Hamptons on King
  • Huffman’s Market
  • Humanist Community of Central Ohio
  • Jenny Hronek
  • Kindred Artisen Ales
  • Lineage Brewing
  • Lisa Russell
  • Phil Borders
  • Phil Radliff
  • Sara Stuntz
  • Seventh Son Brewing
  • Sideswipe Brewing
  • Staas Brewing Company
  • The Actual Brewing Company
  • Zebra Pie Gifts

Next year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, November 9, 2017.

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