April 17th 2018 SOUP Dinner

The following excellent proposals have been selected to present at our April 17th SOUP dinner.

The dinner will be held at Dara's Garden, 2637 Maryville Pike [ map ].

Doors open at 6:00 PM and presentations start at 6:30. Come hear about these community projects and cast your vote for the people's choice! $5 (suggested donation) gets you Soup, Salad, and a VOTE!

  1. Fly Fishing Club
    West View Elementary School/Tim McGrath
    I would like to start an after school fly fishing club at West View Elementary School. Fly Fishing is a recreational sport that is beneficial to students in many ways. Outdoor activities such as fly fishing promote a healthy lifestyle. Recent medical studies have shown that there is an increase in child obesity. As a recreational sport, fly fishing gets students outside and this can help to not only reduce obesity but also reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Learning a sport such as fly fishing leads to increased confidence, improved creativity, and self-esteem. Fly fishing is a form of exercise for both the body and for the mind.
  2. Roses on the Road!
    Random Acts of Flowers/Mandie Beeler
    Random Acts of Flowers is seeking financial support to purchase a new delivery van that will ensure our charitable mission continues while also enabling us to expand our reach in the East Tennessee healthcare community.
  3. Sports Equipment for Community Center for People Affected by Disabilities
    East Tennessee Technology Access Center/Sarah Cole & Joel Simmons
    SPARK is a 6 month old program of East Tennessee Technology Access Center in south Knoxville. It meets 4 nights a week and works with adults affected by physical and intellectual disabilities. Through art, music, yoga, games, cooking, and other activities we work on social and life skills in a relaxed, fun environment. Every Tuesday is Tournament Tuesday where we work on social skills and team building through games. As it warms up outside, we're ready to take the program outdoors and looking to purchase sports equipment. On our wishlist is a basketball hoop, badminton and volleyball set, disc golf, croquet, and other outdoor games that can be easily adapted for a variety of disabilities.
  4. More than a Village
    City of Refuge, Inc./Kyle Ford
    "It takes a village to raise a child." This old cliche may sound outdated and not fit the world we live in now, but there is a lot of truth in the fact that it takes a team of people supporting a family to make their home peaceful and children able to grow. This is even more true when the family is coping with trauma. We also believe that art and music make terrific tools to help a person cope with a hard life situation. Put these two together and Project: More than a Village is what you get! Project: More than a Village connects at least five creatives (artists, musicians, and makers) with a family coping with trauma (foster care, adoption, at-risk) to build a support system for them and teach artistic coping skills the family can use to stay strong and together. This support system would provide mentorship, workshops, songs/art/maker products to encourage the family, respites for the parent(s), and concerts to bring about community within the support system.

Thanks to our April 17th SOUP Sponsors and Volunteers

A huge THANKS to all our sponsors and those who contributed to help make our SOUP dinners a success. Please help us thank our supporters with YOUR support of their business!

We especially thank Dara's Garden for providing the event location and food!

Raffle Items

  • 4th & Gill Neighborhood Association
  • Barbara Mott
  • Bobby Kelley
  • Bobbye Edwards, Tea & Treasures Resident Artist
  • Bush Bros. & Co.
  • Candoro Arts & Heritage
  • Clarence Brown Theatre
  • Dr. Paul Kelley Volunteer Academy
  • Elder's Ace Hardware
  • Eldora Fitzsimmons
  • Good Golly Tamale
  • It's a R-R-Ruff Life
  • Jig & Reel
  • Joe Karl, Publisher of the Herald
  • Knoxville Zoo
  • La Bamba Seafood
  • Love that BBQ
  • Lowe's of South Knoxville
  • Maple Hall
  • Marble City Glassworks
  • Mike & Jan Brown
  • Navitat Canopy Adventures
  • Nick Pavlis
  • Saint Tatoo
  • Shoney's of Knoxville
  • Stanley's Greenhouse
  • Stephanie Welch, City Council District 1
  • Sunspot Restaurant
  • Tennessee State Bank
  • Tennessee Theatre
  • Teresa Dorian
  • Three Bears Coffee Company
  • Tracy Gray
  • Wee Care Shoppe


  • Adam Fritts
  • Andy Zimmerman
  • Betsy Pickle
  • Carson Dailey
  • Claudia Caballero
  • Danny Gray
  • Dave Gartner
  • James Mayo
  • Janice Tocher
  • Janine Al-Aseer
  • Jess Perguson
  • Mickayla Juroff
  • Nancy Campbell
  • Rebecca Parr

About Knoxville SOUP!

We are excited to announce our next Knoxville SOUP dinner will be Tuesday, April 17th. Location will be the lovely Dara's Gardens in South Knoxville. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and presentations start at 6:30.

Do you have a project that needs funding? Submit a proposal! Deadline is April 10th. Selected presenters will be notified by April 12th.

Get inspired! Watch a 2 minute video of a SOUP dinner in progress.

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SOUP is a community dinner that is part pot luck and part planned. It is an opportunity for the community to gather, share and connect. It is an opportunity to support projects that, in some manner, benefit the community as a whole. It’s where Democracy meets Charity.

SOUP has been described as:

  • a collaborative situation
  • a public dinner
  • a platform for connection
  • a relational hub bringing together communities
  • a forum for discussion
  • an opportunity to support creative people in pursuit of the betterment of their community

How it works: We will open the doors at 6:00 pm, collecting a $5.00 donation from attendees. At 6:30, 4 preselected individuals or groups will present an idea or project they would like to carry out. Each presenter (or group) has 4 minutes to inform, impassion and inspire the audience. They then have 4 minutes to answer questions from the audience. Dinner is then served while attendees digest, discuss and deliberate over the projects presented. They then cast a ballot for the project they would like most to fund.

When the evening nears a close, the ballots are counted and the group that has the most votes takes home the money from the door to help fund their project. Democracy meets Charity…

The possibilities of what can be accomplished are limited only by what the community envisions, asks for and earns votes for. Many cities have similar projects that after becoming established, average well over $1000 per dinner in micro-grant funding.

Winners are asked to return to a subsequent dinner and share with us the success of their project. Dinners will also feature an artist each month.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with proposals presented at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Diners will have about an hour to eat, share and connect with others while voting for the project they like best. By about 8:15, the votes will be tallied and the winning project will be awarded all donations raised at the door. NOTE: a suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door. All money raised at the door goes to the winning proposal.

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