Sure, a bad economy is a bad time to host a charity event... but you'd never know it by looking at the Stewpot's event this year! They increased their revenue by THIRTY times -- from $5,000 to over $150,000! What an amazing credit to the far more amazing work of this fantastic organization, which is a bright spot in the heart of a very difficult situation at The Bridge.
Here is Robert Miller's column on the event:
The Stewpot Alliance "Soups On!" luncheon, which raised $5,000 last year, has raised more than $150,000 this year.
Proceeds from the event Tuesday at the House of Blues will benefit Second Chance Cafe, which serves meals to the homeless and at-risk clients served by the Stewpot. The luncheon is sold out.
Since the Bridge homeless facility opened in May, the Stewpot has had a 25 percent increase in requests for services including medical and dental care, food and shelter
The Stewpot is a resource center for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas. It operates under the 501(c)3 status of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which provides for building maintenance, utilities and administrative expenses.
It also gets donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, churches and civic groups throughout the area.
Eight of the city's noted chefs will prepare their signature soups to be served as the luncheon's first course.
Brian Luscher, chef and owner of the Grape restaurant, is chefs' chairman.
Participating chefs include Nick Badovinus of Neighborhood Services, Kevin Garvin of Neiman Marcus, Keith Hanks from House of Blues, Joel Harloff of Dali Cellar and Wine Bar, David McMillan, Jim Severson of Sevy's, John Tesar of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and David Uygur of Lola.
Longtime Stewpot supporters Billie and Gillis Thomas are honorary chairmen.
Luncheon chairmen are Rusty Duvall, Janet Evans, Bonnie Mastin, Dian Moore and Bonnie Thompson. Jan Hegi is underwriting chairman.
For more information, visit thestewpot.org.
Major donors are:
$10,000: Janet and Craig Evans, Ben E. Keith and Billie and Gillis Thomas.
$5,000: Robyn and Don Conlon, Rusty and Bill Duvall, Margie and Ray Francis, Fred and Jan Hegi, Mr. and Mrs. William Montgomery, Mike A. Myers Foundation, Marilyn and William Oates, Peggy and Carl Sewell and Bonnie and Doug Thompson.
$2,500: Bank of Texas, A.L. Chilton Foundation, B.R. and Denny Holman, Ken Malcomson, Jill Smith, Blanche Mary Taxis Foundation and Jack and Nancy Zogg.
$1,500: Barbara Barton, Pat Schiff and Cayla Woodruff, John Bickle, Beverly and Larry Dale/Vicki and Bruce Stensrud, Linda Evans and Debbie Snell, friends of Dian Moore, Bonnie and David Mastin, Dian Moore and Debbie Raynor, Nancy and Bill Nelson, Jane Pierce, Brandy Ratchford, Lou and Lee Schaufele, Bill and Kathy Shuford, Carol Ridale, Mike and Mary Terry and Thompson & Knight Foundation.