Fundraisers

Special fundraisers held throughout the year provide several opportunities to support our temple. Check this page and our Calendar as the dates get closer for order forms and other information.

JANUARY: SILENT AUCTION

The Silent Auction takes place each year during our New Year’s Luncheon following the Ho-onko Special Service. Items for auction have included gourmet dinners, arts and crafts classes, guided hikes and walking tours, movie nights, lessons and consultations, home electronics, spa certificates, restaurant gift cards, and more!

If you are planning to attend our New Year’s Luncheon & Silent Auction, RSVP forms will be sent out the month before the event.

FEBRUARY: UDON

If the cool winter weather has you shivering, warm up with a bowl of fresh udon from our temple kitchen. Thick udon noodles and dashi broth are prepared by our members and topped with chicken, kamaboko (fish cake), shiitake mushrooms, egg, and diced green onions. You may enjoy your udon in our temple social hall or take it to-go.

Udon Fundraiser is normally held during the first weekend of February. Place your orders by calling or e-mailing the temple. Please include your name and number of udon orders in your message.

MARCH: CHILI COOKOFF + BINGO NIGHT

Chili Cook-off + Bingo Night combines the diverse recipes of our contestants and the luck of the draw into one giant crockpot of fun!

The evening starts with guests tasting the chili entries, which run the spectrum of meat, vegetarian, green, red, mild, medium, and spicy. Guests vote for their favorite chili, and the votes are tabulated as bingo begins. It’s a race to get to those five numbers in a row, with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners during each game. Finally, the chili winners are announced, and given the illustrious SFVHBT Chili Cook-off trophies!

Chili Bingo is usually held mid-to-late March. Admission includes chili dinner, desserts/beverages, and one Bingo card. If you compete in the chill cook-off, you receive free admission + two bingo cards. RSVP by calling or e-mailing the temple. Please include your name, number of dinners, and whether you will enter the chili cook-off in your message.

Bring your empty stomachs, your Bingo luck, and your friends! Every year is a unique combination of entries, so keep coming back to try what’s new.

APRIL: PERPETUAL DRAWING

Your entry in the SFVHBT Perpetual Drawing qualifies you for 4 quarterly drawings, with multiple prizes awarded at each draw. The drawings take place following the Hanamatsuri (April), Obon (July), and Eshinni/Kakushinni (October) special services, with the final grand prize drawing at the Annual General Meeting (Jan/Feb).

Entries are $100, quarterly top prizes are $200, and the grand prize is $2500. Tickets are mailed out to members in February; if you have not received them or would like to participate, please contact the temple office for details. You may join the drawing at any time of the year to participate in the remaining drawings and grand prize.

JUNE: OBON FESTIVAL

SFVHBT will celebrate its 94th Obon Festival on June 24-25, 2017. Please see our dedicated Obon Festival page for more information.

NOVEMBER: CHOW MEIN

What better way to highlight the diversity of fresh vegetables, noodles, and other ingredients available to us in California. Our sangha works together to chop, slice, stir fry, and serve a hearty portion of chicken chow mein for your eating pleasure.

Dates, prices, and pre-order instructions will be posted in Fall 2017.

DECEMBER: MOCHITSUKI

For many years, MOCHITSUKI has been, and continues to be, one of SFVHBT’s major fundraising events. It is always a lot of work, but also a lot of fun for the entire Sangha to gather and make delicious mochi together! In addition, many community members appreciate the opportunity to purchase our mochi for their holiday feasts. There are many tasks to do, so everyone’s help is appreciated! Click our Mochitsuki Fun Facts below to learn more.

Dates, prices, and pre-order instructions will be posted in Fall 2017.

VOLUNTEER AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 

We appreciate everyone who supports the temple with their purchase of delectable food items, raffle entries, and activity tickets each year. We also welcome and encourage volunteers to come lend a hand as we prepare for our events. Volunteering your time as an event chair, or helping with set-up, clean-up, and food prep, are opportunities to experience the joy (and sweat) of working together as a sangha. If you think you don’t know how to help, don’t let that stop you! We’ll gladly put you to work, and we’ll learn from each other.

Another opportunity is to sponsor event supplies, ingredients, or partially cover overhead expenses. By sponsoring raw materials, you reduce the temple’s financial outlay, lower our breakeven point, and send more funds back to SFVHBT. When we circulate our needs in the temple newsletter, all you need to do is write the item you want to sponsor on your check’s memo line, and mail or drop it off at the temple. If you would like to contribute to an event’s overall costs, write only the name of the event in the memo line. Your name and sponsored item/amount will be published in the next newsletter, unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you for so generously giving your time, spirit, energy, and resources. Every contribution makes a difference. It’s because of you that SFVHBT continues to flourish and we can all hear and practice the dharma.