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

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. And if you really want to see what people are, all you have to do is look.”  –Auggie, from WONDER

As we looked around at Gilead’s 15th annual Quizine, we couldn’t help but be filled with wonder. Popped trunks and a setting sun, brisk fall air filled with laughter and the gentle rustle of leaves, applause replaced with the exuberant sound of car horns honking. Smiles may have been masked, but joy surely wasn’t.

It may have looked different from years past, but that night we came together to share: meals, laughter, movies, but most importantly, a mission. To connect for a cause. To tell our clients and all those facing mental illness and other hard battles, that they are seen. They are never alone. We are never alone.

Yes, as we looked around that night we were filled with wonder at what we saw. Inspiring generosity, genuine compassion, zeal for our mission, and true connection.  Together, we raised over $122,000.  Thank you for the powerful witness that we are truly stronger together. We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you!

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.

Gilead was very fortunate to have a fundraiser of this magnitude during these trying times.  In order to offer a safe and responsible alternative in 2020, 180 guests gathered outdoors on the grounds of Saint Clements Castle for a picnic box dinner and drive-in movie, featuring WONDER.  Click here for more information about this inspiring and heartfelt movie.

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 2020 

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

Thank you to the following picnic dinner hosts that made this year’s event possible. 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 include:

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

Make a Donation

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Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Auction

  • Rooftop Dining for 10, donated by Community Health Center – Vincent Loffredo
  • Woodland Cabin in Maine, donated by Jane McMillan – Phil Pessina
  • Giant Roam 3 Disc Bicycle, donated by Betsy Graziano & Airline Cycles – David Porteus
  • Generator with Installation, donated by Newington Electric – Keith Osborne
  • West Dover, Vermont Weekend for 12, donated by Paul & Debbie Greenbaum – Barbara Zocco
  • CSA 18-week Farm Share, donated by Forest City Farms – Andrea Johnson
  • Virtual Health & Fitness Training Package, donated by The Oak Hill Adaptive Sports and Fitness Team – Barbara Zocco
  • Adventure Day at Camp Hemlock, donated by Oak Hill – Barbara Zocco
  • Field & Stream Kayak, donated by Dan Osborne – Lucy McMillan
  • Field & Stream Kayak, donated by Dan Osborne – Rebecca McCallum
  • Movie Projector & Fire Pit, donated by Cheryl, Jennifer & Tom Bishop – Rebecca McCallum
  • Golf Heaven Package, donated by TPC River Highlands, Lyman Orchards, Quarry Ridge, Tunxis Golf and Country Club, and Minnechaug Golf Course – Elizabeth Wagner
  • African Safari, donated by Trevor Shaw – Sally Irons
  • Camping Package – Laura Patey


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

2020 Quizine Sponsors