Author Archives: Lyndsey Stough


We’ve heard back from the chefs which means…. Menu Time!! Where else can you try all these for $5?

Chef Tony, NINE:
– creole garlic bisque soup

Chef Kelly Mettler, Ye Olde Cock ‘n Bull:
– vegetable italian wedding soup

Chef Scott Bowman, Fowl and Fodder:
– vegan zucchini soup (Riehm Farms)
– cream of asparagus soup (Riehm Farms)

Chef Cynthia Bunch, Cynthia’s Catering:
– arugula and watercress vichyssoise (cold spring soup with potatoes and cucumber)

Chef Joe Felix, The Toledo Museum of Art:
– maple smoked onion soup

Chef Pam Weirauch, Pam’s Corner:
– pear salad with spicy pecans, blue cheese, and dried cranberries
– strawberry salad with almonds and mandarin oranges

Chef Eric Kish, Rosie’s Italian Grille:
– fresh baked dinner bread

5th Anniversary SOUP Raffle

Raffle items are coming in and they are overwhelmingly generous. Get these – $2000 Marketing Package, $570 Latin and Ballroom Dance Package, $200 Gas Grill, and a bunch more!! $5 for one ticket, $20 for 5 tickets.

See the full lineup in our album


Morgan Fitzgibbons, [freespace], A Project of Civic Digs

The mission of [freespace] is to foster creativity, community, and civic innovation through the gift of free space. The project will activate a vacant downtown Toledo building for one week in July by challenging the greater Toledo community to fill it up with events, art, and ideas to improve their city and community. For example, someone may want to host a Sweating to the Oldies event or a Blanket Fort Building Party or someone may take the challenge to finally pursue a mural idea or starting a new organization.The space will be free to use. The project will promote a culture in Toledo where people feel empowered to make their ideas a reality.

Funds from SOUP will pay for the building insurance and smaller expenses such as temporary improvements and utilities for the space.


Ketha Harrison, Break Chains Make Changes

Break Chains Make Changes is an organization to advocate fatherhood empowerment in the low income inner city. The organization would like to hold block parties in order to bring together fathers in four different Toledo neighborhoods. At these events, fathers would be provided: 1) a chance to connect & positively play with their young children, 2) meet employers to find jobs, or network to find better jobs 3) listen to a short talk by a peer providing practical skills of increasing positive relationships with their significant others and their family members overall. The goal for BCMC is to change the state of a father who was originally in a state of crisis and poverty.

Funds from SOUP will go toward planning the first neighborhood block party and purchasing necessary items such as a tent, food, bouncy house, tables and chairs, sound system, generator, porta-potties, and security.


Jakob Gray, Jones Beekeeping Association

The Beekeeping Association at Jones Leadership Academy (Toledo Public Schools) seeks to educate our future about bees, biology, ecology, entrepreneurship, and the importance of conservation. Students will gain an awareness of the natural world through presentations, field trips, and first hand experience that will instill an appreciation for our planet in its inheritors. Students will be responsible for the upkeep of the hive and all business decisions associated with the program. Students will make various products to sell at the farmers market or local health stores to support the program long-term.

Funds from SOUP will cover all initial costs associated with the program, including buying all the necessary equipment: two bee boxes, an extractor, suits, tools, and packaging.


Jill Bunge, FFT & SSFAC Refugee Food Box Program

Food For Thought (FFT) will partner with Social Services for the Arab Community (SSFAC) to provide monthly food boxes tailored to the dietary preferences of Arab refugees and immigrant families for much needed food assistance as they resettle into work, recreation, and life in the Toledo community. The Refugee Food Box Program will extend Toledo’s rich history of offering welcome to immigrants who bring incredible experiences, knowledge, and culture to our community. SSFAC currently has a caseload of 22 immigrant and refugee families (79 total individuals in all households) who are in need of food assistance.

Funding from SOUP will allow both organizations to cover two months of startup costs to source, pack, and deliver the food boxes directly to recipients.


1) Jill Bunge, FFT & SSFAC Refugee Food Box Program
2) Jakob Gray, Jones Beekeeping Association
3) Ketha Harrison, Break Chains Make Changes
4) Morgan Fitzgibbons, [freespace], A Project of Civic Digs

More details to come.

Proposal Workshop Takeaways

Don’t worry if you missed the Proposal Workshop – we got you covered! Here are the takeaways to help as you prep your proposal for the 5/1 deadline.
– Your proposal doesn’t need to be a novel.
– Be concise – eliminate wordy phrases and jargon,
– Free write then hone in to your main focus (this may take several passes).
– Assume the reader doesn’t know anything related to your project.
– Don’t make the reader work.
– Provide facts/examples about past success, current position, and your future potential.
– Show off both the big picture and supporting details.
– Be honest.
– Anything you submit will be used in printed packets at the dinner.
– Organize and clarify your message – make it easy to follow.
– Look for spelling errors and grammar issues.
– Go back through, re-read, and read aloud.
– Get another set of eyes to look at it.