July 24th 2018 SOUP Dinner

The following 4 projects have been selected to present at the July 24th SOUP dinner. Come out and support one of these projects. The dinner will be held at the South Knoxville Community Center - 522 Maryville Pike [ map to location ].

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come support one of these excellent projects! A $5 donation gets you Soup, Salad AND a VOTE! 

  1. Cultivate Wholeness
    Burwell Gardens/Molly Conaway
    Out of our love for our neighborhood and a desire to see everyone in our community experience a deeper sense of wholeness in their lives, a collective of neighbors have been dreaming, casting vision, and now taking our first steps towards the development of a vibrant community & market garden here in Oakwood-Lincoln Park. We hope this garden will be a place where people are empowered to grow their own food, neighborly relationships are created and strengthened, and our souls are refreshed by the presence of beauty so readily visible in the garden.
  2. Outdoor Bike Repair Station: Outdoor Bicycle Pump
    South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association/Hilary Gallegos
    South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association (SWNA) has received a micro-grant to increase community wellness by requesting funds to purchase an Outdoor Bicycle Repair Station (OBRS) for public use at Sam Duff Memorial Park. SWNA would like to provide a commercial grade bicycle pump, which can sustain the outdoor placement without shelter. SWNA has started the process of becoming a Certified Healthy Neighborhood in collaboration with the Governor's Foundation for Healthier Tennesseans. This program seeks to increase healthier lifestyles in Tennessee within communities. This OBRS and Outdoor Bicycle Pump would be in-line with this common goal.
  3. Next Step to Hope & Treatment
    Next Step Initiative/Rebecca Parr
    Today there are very few who whose lives have not been touched by the current drug epidemic. From a neighbor, family member, or a dear friend, to maybe even yourself, we are all affected. Next Step Initiative has 2 volunteer programs that serve communities in poverty and addiction. Hope, Hearts, and the Arts utililizes meditation and hands on art experiences to get people to tell their stories. We are in need of art supplies such as clay, canvases, glue, paints etc. Trenches to Treatment is a program created to help people in active addiction get into treatment and connection to other resources. Many of our clients are homeless and in need of basic toiletries, ID's, rides, and food. The items we are most in need of are hygiene kits with soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.
  4. Enhance Science Standards Through Outdoor Implementation
    New Hopewell Elementary/Kaley Clark
    New Hopewell Elementary is a small, rural, K-5 school located in South Knoxville. We serve predominantly economically disadvantaged families and opportunities for fundraising are limited. In the past year, the local community has banded together to rehab a gardening greenhouse, create a walking trail that runs behind the school, and build an outdoor classroom. Many hours and manpower have been put into this labor of Love. The NHE staff are excited to use this space but need further training on how to best connect the space to education and learning standards for each grade level. We are requesting funding for teachers to attend a teacher education course at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This will be a two-day workshop where activities are designed to enhance learner outcomes, share best practices, and gain experiences in core routines of experiential learning. The workshop cost is $75 per person, including board and meals. Teachers have already committed to giving their personal time to attend the workshop.

About Knoxville SOUP!

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

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

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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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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 Rothchild Catering for providing the food! Dara's Garden and Rothchild Catering have been Knoxville SOUP sponsors for the past 3 years and we appreciate their support of the community!

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