QUIZINE for a Cause! A cross between quiz and cuisine.

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Traditionally, guests begin the evening with dinner at a local home or restaurant and then gather together at Wesleyan University for client stories, homemade desserts, wine and beer tasting, tea cup raffle, live auction, and trivia quizzes.

In order to offer a safe and responsible alternative in 2020 & again in 2021, the event will be held on the beautiful grounds of Saint Clements Castle looking over the Connecticut River. Guests are encouraged to come early and enjoy a picnic box dinner in their sunken gardens, view teacup raffle items and enjoy homemade desserts and popcorn while watching the featured drive-in movie, Disney Pixar’s UP.

Become a Sponsor for Quizine!

Quizine for a Cause is an exciting event that raises critical funds for client services supporting individuals on the road to recovery.  Gilead offers your organization a prime opportunity to build brand loyalty, access a desirable target market and be a strong corporate citizen.

We are indebted to the Quizine 2020 Sponsors who donated over $72,000 to our mission this year. This includes board members, vendors, leadership members, community members. Almost 2/3 of the money we raised this year was through the generosity of our sponsors. We owe a big part of this year’s success to their support.

Sponsorship Packet 2021

Quizine for a Cause cannot succeed without dinner hosts!

Join the other 20+ dinner hosts in an event that features:

  • Middlesex County’s community leaders
  • Enjoy a safe evening out with excellent food, extraordinary desserts and a heartfelt movie
  • Host a party of 10 by making or purchasing a boxed picnic dinner for your guests
  • Donating the cost of the dinner for your group to Gilead

Some hosts set up a table to share their homemade dishes, some put together picnic baskets with red and white napkins, some ordered take out to support our local restaurants. All of these meals served with love and dedication to the services Gilead provides every day.

Our 2020 picnic dinner hosts included:

Barry Simon & Sue Silverman; Dan & Kyle Osborne; Monica Belyea & Steve Smith; Sowgol & Paul Zakarian; Betsy Gordon; Fran Ludwig; Frank & Barbara Zocco; Ed McKeon; Phil & Shirley Pessina; Laura Patey & Leigh Powers; John & Suzanne Gaskell; Kim Hogan; David & Gail Porteus; Jessica & Andrew Scheff with the Peach Pit Foundation; Justin & Chris Salvio; Joanne Tan & Mark Conley and Betsy Gerich; Dan Millstein & Jean Weigart M.D.; and Carrissa & Q Phipps

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We are excited to announce that the Auction website is now LIVE!  Check it out at:

Bid for old favorites, such as the Maine cabin or generator, or the many new and exciting items, like a week in Asheville, NC or a dream vacation to Maui!  Bid from your computer, tablet or smartphone from now through Thursday, Oct 28th @ 7pm.

Good luck!

Gilead’s Quizine for a Cause Online Auction Instructions & FAQ’s

Bidding opens on Monday, Oct. 25th at 11 a.m. and closes on Thursday, Oct. 28th at 7 p.m.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here: FAQ’s

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1:

  • Or you can text: ‘hello’ to 1-860-943-5219
    • You will receive a response with a personalized event link and access code.  Click to access the site via your smart phone.

Step 2:

  • You will land on the event auction home page.
  • From here, you can view the items by clicking on AUCTION ITEMS at the top of the page.
  • You can also register by clicking ONLINE REGISTRATION at the top of the page. You will be asked for your name, email address and cell phone.  No credit card or financial information is required unless you win a bid.  You will not be charged without permission.  You do not need to register to view items, but will need to provide a valid email address and register to bid on items.

Step 3:

  • View items up for bidding. You can click on the ITEM DETAILS to view more information, photos and relevanant current bid information.
  • If you are interested in the item, click on the button for bidding. The button might show either the current bid amount or just simply show the “Bid Now!” text. Clicking on this button will start the process to place a bid.
  • To place a bid you would enter your bid amount into the Amount box and click the the Bid
  • Once you have finished entering the bid amount and clicked the Bid button, a confirmation window will pop up asking if the bid is correct.
  • Click the OK button to confirm the bid for it to be placed. If you have changed your mind, you can click the “Cancel” button to clear your bid amount — no bid will be placed.
  • If your bid is the highest bid you will see a momentary Bid Successful message and the Item Details information will update with your bid amount
  • If you are outbid, you will receive a text and/or email indicating that.
  • Once bidding has closed on the item, an Item Won Notification will be sent to the bidder with the current high bid.  At that point, you can decide how to pay – either online with a credit card or via check to Gilead Community Services.

Want to learn more call us at 860-301-6634 or via email.

2021 Quizine Sponsors

David & Gail Porteus

Fran Ludwig

Mark Ludwig

Jane McMillan

Daniel Millstein & Jean Weigert

Maggie McMillan


Victor & Betsy Graziano

Cathy & Bob Boone


Paul Amble

Monica Belyea & Steve Smith

Faul Family Fund

Rafael Gallegos

Betsy Gerich

Vincent Loffredo & Dora Glinn

Cathy Probolus

Matthew & Jessica Probolus

Sprout Landscaping