With a last gasp before graduations, weddings and summer hiatuses kicked into place, The Stewpot Alliance held its annual spring party at Cara Obert‘s and Ben Wissink‘s home on Wednesday, May 16, to reveal the results of the 2018 Soup’s On! Luncheon and plans for the 2019 fundraiser.
One of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of a $204,000 check to The Stewpot resulting from The Alliance’s 2018 Soup’s On! co-chaired by Allison Salas Fasy and Kelly Garlock that featured “The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare” Constance Curry and Kristina Wandzilak.
Since the first bowl of soup was served up 11 years ago, The Stewpot Alliance has provided more than $2.3M to support The Stewpot in making “a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless and needy neighbors in North Texas.”
The Alliance Board President Stacy Roush introduced 2019 Co-Chairs Lindsay Billingsley, Rebecca Smith and Jill Tiernan, who told the group including Margie and Ray Francis, Kelly Garlock and Allison Salas Fasy that the 2019 will be held at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, January 17.
Addressing the luncheoners will be best-selling author/attorney Regina Calcaterra, who wrote “Etched in Sand, A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island” (2013). Her story deals with her growing up with her four siblings “largely in and out of homelessness and foster care when abandoned by their single mother.” Her efforts have resulted in “(people) adopting older foster youth; becoming first time foster parents; changing the rules of a food bank that now allow children to get food without no longer requiring that they be accompanied by a parent; creating the first program at a Long Island library that provides library cards for the homeless to allow them to access all of the library’s resources, although they do not have a permanent address; becoming guardian at litem and CASA members to ensure that every child in foster care has a voice; learning how we can all forever impact the life of a child in need although they may only be before us for a moment in time; and, increasing fundraising goals and/or becoming first time contributors to related community based organizations.”
She also co-authored “Girl Unbroken, A Sister’s Harrowing Story of Survival from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho” (2016) with her youngest sister Rose Maloney.
BTW, for some at the spring party it provided the opportunity to meet new Stewpot Executive Director Brenda Snitzer. Formerly with Our Friend’s Place, Brenda succeeded the Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan, who retired this past year after 30 years with The Stewpot.