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  • Charles C. Primas
    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
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      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@....

      Soup City

      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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