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Fort Wayne SOUP Selects Presenters For May 14 Virtual Event

Fort Wayne SOUP is hosting its second of four events in 2020 on Thursday, May 14, which will take place online via Facebook Live. Additional dates for 2020 are July 16 and September 10.

Fort Wayne SOUP provides a space for members of the community to pitch ideas to make our region a better place to live. The organization accepted proposals throughout March and April for innovative ideas and selected four to present for the May 14 event. To date, Fort Wayne SOUP has donated over $16,000 to a variety of projects that have impacted our community.

The four presenters for the May 14 event are:

Paula Kaufman, Out of a Jam

Out of a Jam’s Food Rescue rescues food from local farmers, restaurants, and event centers and repurposes it to provide weekend meals to hungry children, needy veterans and other food challenged groups.

Adrian Burney, Mended Arrows

Mended Arrows Academy of Barbering is a non profit exempt organization whose mission is to provide barbering education to people at risk and provide them a career path where they can be self sufficient, skilled barbers, and role models within their communities.

Brandon- More Human TV

More Human TV is a media project created by Lofthouse. The mission is to produce regional mini-documentaries to be distributed across various digital platforms

Greg Hering- The Pack Gives Back

Pet Wants Fort Wayne is a local retail pet nutrition business. The Pack Gives Back program is typically used to allow customers to gift a pound, or a few pounds, designated to a pet related non-profit and Pet Wants Fort Wayne will match each pound gifted.

Each presenter will submit a 4-minute video pitch of their idea that event attendees may review beginning May 12 on the Fort Wayne SOUP Facebook page. In order to cast a vote, community members must purchase a $5 ticket, which will grant them access to the voting form. Visit to purchase.

The pitch receiving the most votes will receive all the proceeds raised through ticket sales. Proceeds go towards making the winning pitch a reality.

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.

For more information or to submit a proposal for a future event, visit Email for questions and inquiries.