Dining for Dollars
What is Dining for Dollars?
Dining for Dollars is a series of themed dinners and/or parties, generally held in members' homes (but also on boats or other venues available to the hosts), which are auctioned off to attendees as a fundraiser for the church.
How often are they held?
The auction for Dining for Dollars events is held once a year, usually in February, and the individual events take place throughout the year. (We have often have as many as 50, or more, events up for auction!)
Who may bid on and attend the events?
Bidding in the Dining for Dollars silent auction is open to anyone who attends the church, and the winning bidders attend the events.
How many events are there?
Usually about 40 different events each year, each with a different theme.
What kinds of themes do hosts choose?
Ethnic meals (Indian, Italian, Mexican, French, etc.) are always popular. We've also had sailing trips, pancake breakfasts, bridge parties, pool parties, Shakespeare nights, and even murder mystery parties. The possibilities for themes are as varied and infinite as the hosts' imaginations.
How can I host a Dining for Dollars event?
A call for hosts usually goes out to members near the end of the year. Contact Melanie Sharp for more information or to volunteer an event.
How many people attend a Dining for Dollars event?
Groups can vary from about 6 to 20 people, depending on the event and the venue. Group size is determined by the individual hosts when they announce their events. There are also two fixed-price events each year - our pancake breakfast and choir concert - which can accommodate more than 75 attendees each.
When will the next round of bidding be held?
Bidding for the next round of Dining for Dollars events will be held in February, 2011.
Dining for Dollars Dinners at a Glance
|What's the purpose?||Raising funds for the church and community building|
|Where do they occur?||Land or sea, but typically in hosts' homes|
|How costly are they to the host?||Considerable. This is the host's non-cash contribution to the church. The host presents an outstanding special meal in return for the guests' price of admission.|
|How much work is it for the host?||Considerable: prepare the house for a dinner party, decide on the menu and/or theme, obtain ingredients for and prepare the dinner.|
|Sign up when?||Once a year, at a silent auction, usually in February|
|How many gatherings?||As many as fifty, or more, occuring throughout the year. There are also two fixed-price events each year - our pancake breakfast and choir concert - which can accommodate more than 75 attendees each.|
|Who may attend?||Anyone may sign up|
|Who gets to attend?||Highest bidders|
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