On a crisp fall evening last Sunday, November 9, Columbus gathered together at High Line Car House for a scene that’s becoming very familiar: soup, friends, family, and community. The faces might change, the menu might be different, and the venue will move around, but the goal remains the same: funding a worthy project in Columbus.
The theme for Fall SOUP was Women’s Empowerment and as we sat down to break bread we listened to five strong women present five different projects that needed our funding. Our presenters spoke on behalf of Girl Power Technology Workshops with TECH CORPS; Discover Your Freedom from St. Stephens; Forward: Empowering Refugee Women for the Future; CCAD Women’s Leadership Institute; and The BUCK Stops Here. Projects ranged from education, to public art, to technology, but all had one central theme—to empower young girls and women.
At the end of the night—with your $7 donation at the door—you voted for the project you felt could make the biggest impact in Columbus. Girl Power Technology Workshops took home $1,609 ($1,359 from you and $250 from our sponsor, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio). They also received a voucher from our friends at Sparkspace to use a conference room for a full day of planning. Money collected from our raffle on Sunday night reached $532 and went to fund Forward: Empowering Refugee Women for the Future.
Let’s run the numbers. 185 attendees, 5 projects, over 40 volunteers, a total of $2,141 raised, 8 soups, 4 dessert sponsors, 9 raffle items, 8 raffle sponsors, and 1 amazing venue. Be proud, Columbus.
If you attended Fall SOUP, won’t you help us by completing our survey? Every completed survey helps us make SOUP better and helps us make a bigger impact on the Columbus community.
We’re taking a winter break from SOUP, hibernating and planning big for the spring. But keep your eyes open, we’ll have a few fun things planned before March. Stay warm this winter with thoughts of SOUP!