Dining for Dollars

COVID-19 Cancels Dining for Dollars 2020
COMMUNITY AND FUNDRAISING LOSSES

With reluctance and disappointment, the Dining for Dollars Committee announces the cancellation of this year’s Dining for Dollars 2020 Auction. This decision eliminates both a major fundraising opportunity and denies all of us the pleasure and joyful opportunity to socialize and enjoy fellowship together throughout the year in special places and special ways.
 
The D4$ team worked for months in preparation for this year’s auction. The events themselves required the devoted attention and contribution of many of you (65 this year), who planned to host events and offer goods and services. All of that effort has been dissolved and deteriorated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, dealing a dramatic blow to all of us.
 
On a more positive note, the 12-member D4$ Committee fully expects to rebound next year and be up and running, ready for a February 2021 D4$ auction once again. They hope that many of this year’s hosts might hold tight and be ready to resume their intent to host next year.
 
This D4$ 2020 cancellation eliminates fundraising totaling at least $30,000 that supports UUSM programs and personnel. Please consider, as you are able, adding an amount that might have been spent on this year’s D4$ campaign to your annual pledge in our current Stewardship campaign.
 
Thank you for the difficult on-going work and dedication of the 2020 D4$ team: Rebecca Crawford, Farrokh Allen, Barbara Gibbs, Cheryl Barnett, Bob Dietz, Resa Foreman, Lucy Hahn, Emily Hero, Carol Ring, Haygo Salibian, Cathy Wolfson, and Patricia Wright.
 
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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?
Please note that Dining for Dollars has been CANCELLED for 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis. We will be back in action in 2021.
 
When will the next round of bidding be held?
Please note that Dining for Dollars has been CANCELLED for 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis. We will be back in action in 2021.