We live in a generous community. Dallasites are constantly opening their hearts, and pocketbooks, to help with various philanthropy projects in need. We give. Tuesday “Soup’s On” luncheon for The Stewpot was another such event where we came together to help our neighbors by giving. This event was particularly timely because the need is so great, and moving, most likely because I volunteered at The Bridge on the edge of downtown Monday night, where I was face to face with this need.
Every day, 365 days a year, The Stewpot works with The Bridge to provide around 2000 hot meals a day in their “second chance cafe” to some of the 6000 homeless that live within the greater Dallas area. Established in 1975 The Stewpot was formed by the First Presbyterian Church downtown and has grown from the vision of such Dallas city leaders as Morton H. Meyerson, Gillis and Billie Thomas and Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan who have worked over the years to create not only a safe place for those in need, but also started art programs, brought health care and records location, and children and youth assistance. Working just one night was eye opening, uncomplicated and rewarding.
Similarly, attending in the third annual Soup’s On event presented by The Stewpot Alliance, benefiting The Stewpot, was rewarding. Chaired by Dallas real estate phenomenon, the lovely Lilly Young, the sold out event at Union Station featured keynote speaker Morton H. Meyerson who spoke of the need to be generous within our community, and of helping our neighbors. The day kicked off with the uplifting voices of The Hamilton Park Men’s Choir which led into the luncheon highlight, the first course signature soup from some of Dallas’ favorite chefs. Chef/Chair Brian Luscher of The Grape served his famous mushroom soup beside Randall Copeland of Restaurant Ava’s Potato and Andouille Chowder, Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson’s Corn Chowder, Mansion Chef Bruno Davaillon’s Lobster and Chestnut Bisque, and amazing Coconut Curry Soup from Abraham Salum of Salum, to name a few. Bonus… guests received hand painted soup bowls from The Stewpot’sclients with a booklet of all the recipes featured at this year’s event. Sevy’s Corn Chowder is for dinner tonight!
The Stewpot is always looking for volunteers, their website has more information.