Soup Is On Friday

May 7, 2002
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GRAND RAPIDS – The cost to bid on an online travel or sports package is measurable. But the cost that local businesses and organizations have incurred to make the event happen is, well, priceless – especially to the staff and management of God's Kitchen.

God's Kitchen, a Catholic Human Development Outreach program and United Way partner, is holding its fourth Soup's On For All this Friday evening from 6:30 until 10:30 at the Van Andel Public Museum Center. The annual charity event hopes to raise $180,000, topping last year's mark of $143,000, through ticket sales, live and online auctions, and a raffle.

The live auction and raffle will take place at the museum center on Friday. But the online auction will last for a week, beginning on Friday and running through midnight Jan. 19. Iserv donated its time and talents to create the auction site, www.soupson.org.

The site offers hundreds of donated items up for bid across numerous categories that include art, collectibles, leisure, dinners at restaurants, sports and travel. The items can be previewed before the actual bidding starts, and bidders can pre-register, too.

"It's been sold-out every year," said Carol Greenburg, God's Kitchen program director. "We expect that this year, too."

The event also features a variety of live music, along with soups and breads from 30 area restaurants. For information on ticket availability, call God's Kitchen at 454-4110. Tickets are $50 and include a shuttle service from a few nearby lots provided by the city and the Interurban Transit Partnership, the former GRATA.

God's Kitchen, a food pantry at 303 South Division Ave., serves up to 400 meals each day to the city's poor. Its sister program, Meals-On-Wheels, delivers another 300 daily meals to those who are homebound. All proceeds from the event will go to God's Kitchen.           

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