NEXT SOUP : LATE SUMMER EDITION : September 18, 2016


Our next soup event is scheduled for September 18, 2016 at a place we have come to call home. A year after the old Kroger store property at Kennedy and Montgomery was transformed into the Kennedy Heights Cultural Campus, there is more excitement happening at the corner. The nondescript exterior will be brought to life with public art!

Kennedy Heights Mural
Just in time for our next event the Kennedy Heights Arts Center through its partnership with Artworks will create a mural on the facade of the Center’s Linder Annex at the campus. Artist Casey Riordan Millard, herself a Kennedy Heights resident, designed the mural with input from a committee of local residents. Mostly known for her “Shark Girl” sculptures, drawings, paintings, and publications, Millard’s work has drawn the admiration of a growing national audience. The mural will be painted this summer by a team of professional artists and young adult art apprentices. This vibrant mural will not only be a treasured asset for Kennedy Heights, but it will also attract visitors from throughout the region. It will inspire everyone to see the beauty of the Kennedy Heights community and it will be ready just in time for our upcoming Cincinnati SOUP event. We look forward to seeing you there.

SYNOPSIS : FALL EDITION : October 18, 2015


The Butterfly Club of Cincinnati

Cincinnati SOUP winner Hope Godfrey with The Butterfly Club won $1120 to fund her community program.

The Fall Edition of Cincinnati SOUP was another success with close to 60 registrants. Out of the five presenters Hope Godfrey with The Butterfly Club was the winner of our Fall Edition of Cincinnati SOUP taking home a prize of $1120.00.

Although it was an extremely close vote as The Butterfly Club and our runner-up Soul Consciousness Theatre Troupe originally tied for the first place prize. After an elimination of the other three contestants and a revote The Butterfly Club walked away with the honor.

The Butterfly Club, Inc., is an organization that help transform the lives of young girls and women within the Cincinnati region. There are three primary areas of focus including: education, etiquette and empowerment. After participating in this program females walk away feeling empowered, enriched, and prepared to serve as the leaders of tomorrow.

Other presenters included:

Akosua Favors: Soul Consciousness Theatre Troupe Is a soul consciousness group of artistically gifted community members who care and give back to their communities, and share a passion for the ARTS!

Nick Freyer: Jazz and Roots Cincinnati is a 501 (c) 3 organization that provides the greater Cincinnati area with arts enrichment through performances, education and outreach. They are dedicated to presenting and promoting live music, creating high level educational opportunities and providing community outreach through the celebration and appreciation of American Jazz and Roots music.

Ian C. Smith: SkoolAid  helps connect Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky schools and youth-focused organizations with high-quality enrichment programming delivered by passionate, talented instructors. Skool Aid does this by serving as an avenue for talented artists, musicians, and other skilled individuals in the area to expose the next generation to a wide range of enrichment programming in music, fitness, creative arts, drama, focused tutoring and more. By offering curriculum delivered by talented individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, Skool Aid provides a diverse menu of enrichment programming designed to help children develop new interests, uncover and nurture hidden talents, develop good behavior and, most importantly, have a lot of fun.

Onarae Heath: Refund Genie is a budding business which seeks to assist low income and disadvantaged individuals with the preparation of their taxes. With the development of a mobile app which simplifies the entire tax process.



Cincinnati SOUP Winner Karen Davis

Cincinnati SOUP winner Karen Davis with Storybook Entertainment won $780 to fund her community project.

Our inaugural Cincinnati SOUP event was a huge success with close to 100 registrants. Out of the six presenters Karen Davis with Storybook Entertainment was our first winner taking home a prize of $780.00. The budding theatrical company brings together community members to participate in plays, which seek to share the realities of people’s lives through compelling narratives. Plays highlighting everyday struggles, loves, hardships and triumphs are brought to stage using the talents of local folks in the community with little-to-no acting experience.

“We are so thrilled to be the winner of funding through the first-ever Cincinnati SOUP dinner,” said Karen Davis, founder of Storybook Entertainment Group. “Winning this seed funding will give us the boost we need to continue building and growing our company while producing a play the entire community can participate in.”

Other presenters included:

Diane Debevec: Women Writing for (a) Change offers supportive writing circles to nurture and celebrate the individual voice. Classes encourage self-expression through the art of writing and other creative processes. In their writing circles and specialty classes, participants explore and work in a variety of genres, including journal-writing, poetry, prose, essay, song-writing, fiction, and more.

Kristen Bailey: Sweets & Meats BBQ is a catering and mobile pit BBQ food stand that serves smoked meats, homemade sides and desserts. Their recipes have been gathered for over three generations, with strong roots in the south and its tradition of BBQ and soul food.

Victoria Morgan: She’s Healed, Inc. is a budding nonprofit dedicated to providing healing and education to women and girls who face abuse. They provide women with the skills, training, and resources to move from their dangerous environments and limited financial and emotional stability towards self-sufficiency, physical freedom and safety.

Michael P. Farrell: Against the Grain Scholars is an organization that helps at-risk youths in the area achieve personal and academic goals, positively reinforcing hard work and high-quality character by giving them the recognition they deserve. They do this by providing mentoring, academic support and impactful community service opportunities to ATGScholars.

Peachy Seiden: Peachy’s Health Smart is a health and wellness gathering place where the focus is on the improvement of one’s well being. Peachy’s helps clients regain and attain balance by providing reliable and accurate health and nutrition information from a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. They offer an 8-week weight loss program as well as catering, regular nutrition seminars, healthy cooking classes, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong training and much more.

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