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February 20, 2015

SKA Seeks Knoxville SOUP Proposals

The South Knoxville Alliance is launching Knoxville SOUP, a new method of crowd-sourcing funds for worthy causes and socially conscious business start-ups.

Rather than calling on donors to contribute to a cause with the click of a mouse, Knoxville SOUP will bring citizens together to share a meal, hear from candidates, and then vote on which project gets funded from the $5 donations at the door.

Submitting your proposal is as easy as filling out a short online form. If your proposal is selected, you will be contacted by the Knoxville SOUP committee by no later than the morning of March 10th.

Debra Bradshaw, chair of SKA, is championing this concept, which she is basing on Detroit SOUP. To get an idea of how it works, see and watch a video on our Knoxville SOUP page.

“There is no limit to what the dinners can accomplish for the community,” Bradshaw stated. “The only limits are what the community can envision, present and garner votes for!”

The very first dinner will take place on Saturday, March 14. SKA will accept proposals until 11:59 a.m. Saturday, March 7. Four proposals will be selected to make brief presentations at the dinner, address any questions, and then stand for a vote from the attendees.

In addition, SKA is looking for a location for the April dinner and is seeking donations for the food so that the $5 fee can be applied solely to the winning project.

For details, see the Knoxville SOUP page, the Knoxville SOUP Facebook page, or contact Debra Bradshaw at (865) 405-0733 or

02/20/2015, 07:51 PM