Saturday, January 29, 2005
For Detroiters with a desire to help others - Soup's on!
Slurp and nosh Monday to benefit COTS and the area's hungry, homeless.
By Jane Rayburn / The Detroit News
'Eat your soup. It's good for you," is how the old saying goes.
But eat your soup on Monday night, and it will be good for many -- many
of the homeless and the hungry in Metro Detroit.
That's when the sixth annual "Soup City," a benefit for one of
Michigan's largest agencies helping the homeless, comes to the Historic
Gem & Century Theatres in Detroit.
For a mere $20 ticket, purchased online or at the door, you can slurp
soup and nosh on breads from more than a dozen area restaurants and
bakeries. And with temperatures predictably winterish, what better way
to show your support for COTS, the Coalition On Temporary Shelter?
Each year, COTS, headquartered in downtown Detroit, provides emergency
shelter for 50,000 people. At least 110,000 meals are prepared and
nearly 2,000 of the needy are clothed. And while COTS is most known as
an emergency provider, it offers longer-term services including
transitional housing, an Education and Employment Center providing
literacy assessment and instruction as well as GED classes; job
placement and substance abuse relapse prevention.
"I don't think any (agency) in Michigan provides as much local support
for homeless people," says Ann Perrault-Victor, co-owner of Avalon
International Breads in Detroit's Cass Corridor. She and her staff will
deliver Avalon's signature wheat, rye and baguette rolls, along with
some special surprises for Soup City.
Also stopping by is WDIV's (Channel 4) Devin Scillian, who'll perform
with his country band Arizona Son. And there will be appearances by the
Keith Malinowski Trio, magician Ron Aldrich and Fidget T. Clown.
Among Soup City participating restaurants: Detroit's Agave, Coach
Insignia and Sweet Georgia Brown; Trattoria Andiamo, in Grosse Pointe
Woods; and, naturally, Zoup!, with nine locations in Metro Detroit.
Also, for the first time, Soup City will showcase an out-of-state
resort, the Reynolds Plantation, in Greensboro, Ga. Its executive chef,
Jerry Schmidt, is a hometown boy from Shelby Township. In addition to
his soup, a trip for two to Reynolds Plantation will be among prizes in
the event's raffle. The evening also has a silent auction.
You can reach Jane Rayburn at (313) 222-6569 or jrayburn@...
When: 6-10 p.m. Monday.
Where: Historic Gem & Century Theatres, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit.
Participants: Agave, Atlas Global Bistro, Avalon International Breads,
Coach Insignia, the Historic Gem & Century Theatres, Majestic Café,
Ruby's Kitchen, Sweet Georgia Brown, Traffic Jam & Snug and Union
Street, all in Detroit; Meaghan's and Trattoria Andiamo, in Grosse
Pointe Woods; House of Bread, in Plymouth Township; the Reynolds
Planation, in Greensboro, Ga.; the Ritz-Carlton, Dearborn; and Zoup!,
with nine locations in Metro Detroit.
For more: Call (313) 831-3777 or visit <http://www.cotsdetroit.org/
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