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.
Dining for Dollars is one of UUSM’s largest and most successful fundraisers of the year. Events, goods and services – it’s all there! Don’t be left out and miss the opportunity to lend financial support to our beloved community while enjoying the fellowship of community members in so many varied and interesting venues including - individual homes and spreading out onto fascinating SoCal sites! 
 
How often are events held?
The auction for Dining for Dollars events is held once a year, 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 50 different events each year, each with a different theme.  
 
Dorothy Steinicke's Low Tide Beach Picnic<br> D4$ Event
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, murder mystery parties, and even a "Low Tide Beach Party" which attracted a very special guest (see photo at left of host Dorothy Steinicke and a large sea slug). The possibilities for themes are as varied and infinite as the hosts' imaginations.
 
How can I host a Dining for Dollars event?
For 2018 events, please contact Barbara Gibbs or Farrokh Allen.  They will be happy to guide you through the process of hosting an event.
 
When will the next round of bidding be held?
This year’s Dining for Dollars auction dates are February 18 and February 25, 2018, from 10am to 1pm.   The full list of events being offered this year is available here.