Twenty years ago, our very own Michael Schodowski set out to raise money for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. The soup kitchen was founded in the late 1920s to help the people affected by the Great Depression. Today, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has two locations, one on Connors Ave and one on Meldrum, which continue to feed people in need, averaging about 2,000 meals a day between the two locations. Not only do they provide thousands of prepared meals, but they also have a service center where they give clothing, furniture, and canned goods to those in need.
Michael had already been supporting the kitchen for years, but wanted to do more. He decided to host a benefit in which 100% of the proceeds would go to the soup kitchen. As all new things, it began small with a few friends and family and an impressive $1,400 raised. Each year, however, the event grew.¬† More people were coming then their venue could hold! Now held at Mac & Ray’s, the benefit welcomes over 600 guests. The more people that came, the more money that was raised, and last year, they reached a million dollars in net proceeds!!
This Friday, August 23, 2013, will be the twentieth annual Benefit On The Bay. With over 150 silent auction gifts, a live auction, and a poolside afterglow party, it is sure to be another unforgettable night on the bay.
The kitchen receives no government funding, which means that they rely on fundraisers such as this and donations by people like you to continue to provide for those less fortunate. You can make a tax-deductible donation online through the Capuchin’s website.