On the night of April 11, 2017, the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) at Southeastern Louisiana University held their annual Double Dollar Dinner event at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hammond Louisiana.
Double Dollar Dinner is an annual event held by BCM, typically in the spring, as a way to bring people from all over the community together and to raise money for the organization.
At this year’s 1950s themed event, guests paid $2 at the door to sit down and eat a dinner consisting of green beans, white beans, a roll, freshly cooked jambalaya, and a choice of sweet tea or lemonade or, for 50 cents extra, a root beer float.
Attendees could also bid on various items in a silent auction. Various items like deserts, gift cards, jewelry and makeup were up for sale. There was also a table where anyone could purchase a ticket for $1 to have a chance to throw a plate of whipped cream in the face of any leadership member of their choosing later on in the night. This table sold over 100 tickets, raising a total of $126 toward rebuilding of the old church.
According to BCM leadership member Matt Case, BCM had two goals for Double Dollar Dinner, “raise enough money to finish rebuilding the old BCM Church and bring members of the community together for a night of fun.”
Both of these things were accomplished. 214 people attended the event, which alone amounted to over $400. Counting the auction and everything else, the BCM raised over $1,000. BCM staff member Joseph Riccobono said after the event “This shattered all expectations as we were only planning for about 150 people to show up but instead over 200 came. Thankfully, we had plenty of food to provide to everyone.”
Riccobono also stated that everyone had a lot of fun bidding at the auction and overall enjoyed getting to connect with friends and possibly meet new people.
According to BCM Director Matt Middlecamp “Tonight was very successful, it was one of the best Double Dollar events BCM has ever put on. Our students really did a great job helping out to make this event possible.”
Matt Case added to that by saying “A lot of people here in Hammond are away from their families and Double Dollar Dinner is one of those events where people can come together as a community and as a family, eat, and have a good time all for $2. One of our goals was to serve others and I believe people were served tonight.”