Encouraging local projects, Fort Wayne SOUP brings creative, community enhancing ideas to the dinner table. Their mission is to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust, and fun. Each event, features presentations and a discussion about the project that each presenter hopes to receive funding for. Included with the suggested $5 donation at the door, each guest receives soup, salad, bread and a vote for which one of the presenters should have their project funded through the donations collected. At each SOUP event, there are presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology, and more.
The latest Fort Wayne SOUP event was held on Thursday, June 14 at The Summit on Rudisill Blvd. This was a unique SOUP event, only hosting presenters who were 18 years old or younger. Over 100 community members attended to support 3 high school age presenters. Amber Bouthot, Fort Wayne SOUP board member commented, “All three submitted interesting and engaging projects, and our attendees had a hard time choosing the winner. Ultimately, the 1st and 2nd place presenters were separated by only 3 votes. Congratulations to Terrance Smith, whose idea Innovative Designs, earned him $2,331 in seed money.” Changing the way people engage with the democratic process and their community is surely a goal being brought to life by Fort Wayne SOUP.
The upcoming Fort Wayne Soup events will be held at The Summit on Thursday, July 12 (deadline for proposal submissions is June 22) and Thursday, October 11 (deadline for proposal submissions is September 21). Tickets can be purchased through their website fortwaynesoup.org.