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Fort Wayne SOUP Presenters Announced For Feb. Event

On February 20, Fort Wayne Soup will host its first event of 2020 at The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne. This micro-grant community dinner uses crowdfunding to support creative projects designed to enhance Fort Wayne living. To date, Fort Wayne SOUP has donated over $15,000 to a variety of projects that have positively impacted our community.

The organization accepted proposals through January for innovative ideas and selected 4 finalists to present at the February 20 event. The 4 presenters for the upcoming event are:

Jim Matusik – Mad Scientist Experimental Theatre

Mad Scientists Experimental Theater is a new nonprofit theatre company dedicated to performing all original works. It provides an outlet for all types of creators—writers, actors, musicians, composers, directors, artists, dancers, and singers.

Tim Zink – Citizen KnowHOW

Citizen KnowHOW is a short-form, nonpartisan educations video series for broadcast and online distribution. The series is designed to inform and engage emerging leaders of any age to become more involved in their communities through civic and community engagement.

Lisa Fabian – St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter

St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter will be the only 24/7/365 emergency shelter for single women in Fort Wayne.

David Grant – Sari Bari

Partner with the women of Sari Bari—support local operations, including its storefront on Wells Street, to engage local supporters and donors for the purpose of growing employment opportunities for women in Kolkata, India, who are looking to exit sexual exploitation or avoid human trafficking.

At the event, each presenter will have 4 minutes to pitch their idea to attendees in an attempt to receive the most votes and funding for their project. The event on February 20 has limited seating. Tickets are available online and at the door the day of the event.

At the event, attendees will receive food; get a chance to ask questions; and have an opportunity to vote towards which idea they like the most. The winner will receive all the proceeds raised through ticket sales and matching sponsorship dollars to make their pitch a reality.

About the Event:

What: Fort Wayne SOUP

When: Thursday, February 20 at 6:00 PM

Where: The Summit – 1025 W Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Who’s Invited: Everyone who wants to make an impact in the community and enjoy a night of networking

How: Purchase tickets for $5 at

About SOUP

Founded in 2017, Fort Wayne SOUP hosts micro-grant dinners that foster community and raise funds for creative projects that enhance Fort Wayne living. The public is encouraged to attend Fort Wayne SOUP events, as well as submit proposals that they wish to present at a Fort Wayne SOUP event. Proposals should have an underlying mission of improving the community of Fort Wayne. Proposals can still be submitted for the upcoming events online at A minimum of $5 entry donation at the door is encouraged. Attendees will receive food, a chance to ask questions, time to discuss and deliberate with other guests, and a vote towards which idea they like the most. The winner receives all the proceeds raised through ticket sales. Proceeds go towards making the winning pitch a reality.

Why SOUP Events Matter

Investing in our community is crucial for it to grow and thrive. Fort Wayne SOUP focuses on empowering those within our community who are looking to improve our city. Through crowdfunding, community support, and funds to make ideas come true, we can improve our community together. We believe that by empowering residents to invest in their own community, we can create jobs, relationships and networks, promote action and change, foster critical dialogue, instill Fort Wayne pride, and encourage a deeper understanding of democracy.