Our group is proud to announce the 7th Annual Regional Atheist Picnic & Fundraiser 2015, sponsored by Mid Ohio Atheists Inc. We are inviting groups from all over Ohio and surrounding areas to our annual get together at South Park inMansfield, Ohio. The general public is also invited to come and meet us, as long as they are respectful and do not try to proselytize to us. This year the picnic will be held on Sunday, July 19th, 2015 starting at 12:00 pm.
This is a new location for the picnic, and we are happy to have this gathering in our home town! South Park is located at 100 Brinkerhoff Ave, Mansfield, Ohio.
We again are happy to help two local charities with our donation drive contest, Harmony House (a local homeless shelter) and the Humane Society of Richland County. The contest is slightly different this year based on the needs of each charity. All items donated for Harmony House and Humane Society will be included in the contest. Harmony House is in need of non-perishable/canned food items and all hygiene items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, toilet paper, feminine items, toothpaste/toothbrushes, etc). Items for Humane Society most needed are Dry/Wet Dog or Cat Food, Clay (non clumping) Cat Litter), Canned Pure Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), Dog/Cat Treats, and Paper Towels. These items are what is most needed by these locations and what they run low on the most. Other items outside of these can be donated. Whoever donates the most of these items will win the Grand Prize. We will also have a second prize for the runner up. We encourage everyone to bring something to one or both of these great organizations! Even if you don’t want to participate in the contest, all donations are important to these organization. Please make sure you check in your donations if you want to enter the contest. GRAND PRIZE: Basic Family Pass to the Center of Science & Industry (COSI).
This year we will once again have a Raffle for some great items. Gift cards, books signed by the authors, kids items, and a few special surprises. We are truly excited about the various items and look forward to announcing the winners. There will also be a 50/50 Drawing this year. We have new merchandise items for purchase. Newly designed t-shirts, pens, key chains, and a few new items to help support MOA. All money raised goes to Mid Ohio Atheists Inc general fund to help us to continue with our community involvement and to help us to educate about secular rights in our area. Membership forms will also be available so you can become more involved with MOA as a voting member and involvement in our future events. Cash & Credit Card will be accepted.
Once again we have 2 special guest speakers:
Christina McDuffie- Co-chair for Secular Coalition for Ohio, Event coordinator for Columbus Coalition of Reason (COR) and co-organizer and steering committee member for Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), will discuss Community Volunteerism, COUNT’s upcoming award from Foundation Beyond Belief for their volunteer efforts, and giving groups ideas of how they can be more involved in the betterment of their communities through volunteer projects.
Jennifer Lovejoy- Affiliate Services Manager for Atheist Alliance of America and host of Atheist Avengers podcast, will share with us “Cinched in the Bible Belt: An Atheist Mom’s Journey”and will have a Q & A session afterwards.
This year MOA will be providing the food items for the picnic. In lieu of bringing items we are asking for a suggested $5.00 donation per adult. Menu will be posted on our website soon, and will include some vegetarian items as well. Other items anyone would like to share are welcome, but not required.
Conversation & Community
The main reason to attend the picnic is for the company. We hope to see all of our members and guests from all around the state and beyond. It’s great to talk and interact with the ever growing secular community. Share ideas, catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. This event is a showcase of like-minded individuals who care about their local community, as well as educating others about secular viewpoints. You can RSVP on our social media pages below. Please share the event with others and work out car pools to help others who would like to attend. Any questions, please feel free to email Marisa Hills at firstname.lastname@example.org See you all in July!