This time last week we gathered together for another night of community and giving for Summer SOUP. The theme—Arts & Culture—was reflected by the CCAD MindMarket venue, generously donated to us by CCAD. Inspiration surrounded us in every room as we met presenters before the event, mingled at the Celebrate Local table, and indulged ourselves with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. 161 voting attendees dined on soups provided by Piada, The Kitchen, The Hills Market, Zen Cha Tea Salon, Square Plates, and Chef Tony. In typical SOUP fashion, we tested out a new idea: BYOB. We spotted tables sharing 6-packs and bottles of wine with old friends and new friends. Whatever thirst wasn’t quenched by bringing your own beverage was satiated with water, juice, and soda donated by car2go. And let’s not forget the samples of mead and other local fare thanks to our friends at Celebrate Local. They generously donated their sample proceeds to our runner up of the night.
Speaking of winners, we had five groups present five worthy projects on Sunday. Each group is a winner for their continued effort to transform Columbus with creative and impactful projects. We heard about a freedom mural for the Weinland Park community; One Wild Month proposed for Wild Goose Creative; a program at Green Lawn Abbey teaching teens about the basics of architecture, theory, and function; a fashion show called UNCHAINED bring focus to human trafficking; and State of the Arts Productions looking to produce the musical “Caroline, or Change”. Together, all of us helped raise $1243 with your $7 (minimum) donation at the door! Green spoons in hand, as a group we voted for State of the Arts Production to receive our Summer SOUP grant! Congratulations guys.
That wasn’t all! Summer SOUP saw some amazing raffle prizes including a bowl from Devon Palmer Wood Turning; stunning jewelry from Poor Sparrow; a photography package from Photography by Rose DeVore; a dozen scrumptious cupcakes donated by Little Star Cupcakes & Scones; and two pieces of art from Art.com. Money raised in raffle ticket sales is always given to our runner-up and we were able to add an additional amount thanks to the sample donations from the Celebrate Local “bar”. All in all, UNCHAINED walked out with $491.
SOUP wouldn’t be possible each quarter without our volunteers. 25 very giving souls worked behind the scenes to make SOUP run as smooth as possible. We’re always in search of volunteers so let us know your interest over here. A big thank you goes out to Rose DeVore who took over 300 photos documenting the night.
All in all, we walked out of the CCAD MindMarket tired, happy, and feeling very full. Full not only with soup (and ice cream), but full in our hearts. And with one question, “when can we do this again?”. We’re planning for Fall SOUP, so tune into our twitter, facebook, and right here for information as it comes out. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. Please take two minutes to fill out a survey so that we can make Fall SOUP our best yet.