Organizations raise funds at SOUP Night

LINCOLN PARK — Two local organizations, Lincoln Park Historical Society and Friends of Lincoln Park Farmers Market, square off in Lincoln Park SOUP, a community fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Monday at Ikaros Hall, 1677 Fort St.

The inaugural event, open to the public, is sponsored by Lincoln Park Preservation Alliances.

Lincoln Park SOUP is designed to help fund local projects and organizations grow through microfunding similar to Detroit SOUP but more like Corktown’s Soup at Spaulding Court. Soup at Spaulding Court weekly soup nights raised funds for the Spaulding Court renovations as well as Corktown projects and organizations. Lincoln Park SOUP to be a monthly event.

Last month, 66 letters were mailed to Lincoln Park organizations, churches and school PTSA’s requesting nominations to pitch at Lincoln Park SOUP. Projects will be presented to the attendees, with each finalist answering for the audience questions about how they would use project funds, how the project benefits the city and how long the project would take.

The audience will then vote on the presentations and the winners will take home a portion of the night’s proceeds.

Detroit SOUP has been lauded for its ability to raise money for microgrants to support creative projects in Detroit. Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance hopes to do the same with Lincoln Park SOUP.

The public is invited to attend Lincoln Park SOUP; the cost is $5 at the door for soup, salad, bread and a vote. Doors open at 6 p.m with presentation at 7.

For more information contact Leslie Lynch-Wilson at the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance at 313-598-3137.