Last year's event

This year’s Dinner in the Grove, the primary fundraiser for the Family Service Association, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Family Service Association of Redlands will once again host its annual fundraiser, the Dinner in the Grove, on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event, located in the historic east Redlands citrus groves of Jack and Laura Dangermond, will begin with a cocktail social and silent auction followed by a gourmet buffet under the stars in the center of the citrus grove.

Complimentary beer hosted by Redlands Escape Brewery and wine hosted by FSA board members Lori and Rod Shelffo are available throughout the evening and a cash bar is available for mixed drinks. Guests will once again have the opportunity to indulge in a Wine Pull, a real crowd favorite.

In its 18th year, the Dinner in the Grove silent auction will include a wide variety of one-of-a-kind items including numerous hosted dinners at unique locations in the Redlands area and gift items to jumpstart your holiday shopping. The event is also known for including an outstanding variety of original works by local artists. FSA is excited that local artist and Esri Art Director Daniel Gill will again be donating an original painting created specifically for this event. Last year’s painting of the new University of Redlands train station in the warm evening light, one of Redlands’ newest landmarks, was a big hit with the auction crowd and we anticipate this year’s subject (to be determined) will be no exception.

Another auction highlight are the works donated by the Studio Buckingham Group. This year the group includes:

• Martha Cowen, master oil painter recently in the 'Gold Medal Show’ show of the California Art Association.

  • Chick Curtis, mono printing and oil painter.

• Diana McLaughlin, currently focused on landscapes in oil and gouache.

• Tony Radcliffe, abstracts in oils.

• Don O'Neil, artist.

• And Trudy Wood, photo realist in colored pencil.

According to the group “As artists and friends, we thrive on the creative energy each of us brings to the group as we continue exploring new ways to create.”

The Studio Buckingham Group has been a long-time supporter of the Dinner in the Grove event and is key to the variety of works that continues to make the silent auction such a great success.

Special dinner experiences enhance the auction table with opportunities for bidding on Patsy Oppenheim and friends’ traditional New Mexico dinner for 10; the Best of Redlands curated by Chef Lee Burton featuring six courses from six of the best Redlands restaurants; Pizza Parties from Shakey’s;

Dinner for 10 at Cheesewalla; and dinners at Caprice, Citrone, Olive and Citrus, Don Orange and Ilegal 1895.

Two nights at Mohonk Mountain House in New York state, and three nights in Laguna Beach offer great getaways or you can create your own with a large inflatable pool from JD Myers.

Dinner in the Grove

  • Reservations for the Dinner in the Grove: Visit or call (909) 793-2673. Tickets: $125 per person for a standard ticket and $185 per person for a Patron ticket, which includes reserved seating with the patron guests of your choice and a special gift.
  • Co-chairs for the event for the 18th year: Char Burgess and Shelli Stockton.