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.
(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
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!