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Soups On... at Soup, Soap & Hope

Released 11 April 2014


Soups On… at Soup, Soap & Hope

Meriden Salvation Army Event a "Tasty" Success!

MERIDEN - The Fourth Annual Meriden Salvation Army Soup, Soap & Hope fundraiser was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Meriden on Thursday evening, April 10, to spread the word about the work of the Army in the City.

Meriden Corps Officer, Captain Brenda Gonzalez, started the program with a welcome to everyone and turned the podium over to Advisory Board Chairman Michael Murdy. Mike introduced the guests and The Salvation Army ensemble, the latter who played "America the Beautiful" and kept the room filled with music throughout the evening.


The Honorable Mayor Manuel A. Santos was up next. He was the event’s keynote speaker and began with a message of gratitude and hope. He thanked The Salvation Army for all that they do to help people in need. He said it takes a tremendous effort by all of the groups to help keep the City growing. Immediately after the Mayor spoke, it was time for the soup.

Soups(Meriden Youth Group serving supporters soup!)

All the specialty soups were donated by local restaurants and kitchens: MidState Medical Center, Violi's Restaurant, Colony Diner, Michael's Trattoria, Sans Souci Restaurant & Lounge, and Gaetano’s Tavern on Main. Some members of the audience only sampled one kind, while others tried as many as they were attracted to. No one went home hungry and the leftover soup went on to be served at the Army’s Soup Kitchen the following Saturday and Sunday.

After the soup, Caroline Perez, the Army’s Financial Literacy Case Worker, informed the crowd through a program update. She described the list of noteworthy goals that had been accomplished in the first year of the program and how it continues to have an impact on the lives of people that need a hand to get them to be more self-sufficient. When the audience heard what Caroline had to say, they knew that the program was truly working.


Captain Isael Gonzalez was in charge of giving thanks, and there were many to be given. He thanked the Advisory Board for the wonderful work they did in organizing the event and for all of their support during the year. Next, he presented an “engraved” Salvation Army bell to retiring board member Jean Wheaton. Jean has contributed over 30 years of service to the Army and to helping the people of Meriden. We will certainly miss Jean.

Lastly, Captain Gonzalez thanked the Meriden Youth Group who helped out tremendously, the restaurants, and members of the audience for their support throughout the year. Funds raised by the evening’s event will support The Salvation Army’s mission in Meriden – the delivery of Soup Soap & Hope for those in need!

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