According to The Stewpot Executive Director Brenda Ewing Snitzer,
“For Jill Tiernan and Lindsay Billingsley, accepting the invitation to chair the 11th annual Soup’s On! Luncheon was driven by both their heads and hearts.
“Says Lindsay, ‘Stewpot is key for Dallas and have always had a soft spot for them – my sister commissioned portraits of my dogs from an artist in their art program that is framed in my home. It is so easy to support the invaluable services they provide our homeless and they do it with such heart. Their goal is to add staff in 2019 so they can provide services to more people, including one-on-one casework, assistance securing legal ID, and groceries for low-income families.’
“As a mentor at a DISD high school, Jill sees first-hand the children who are homeless in Dallas: ‘The Stewpot offers amazing programs for children and college scholarships – in addition to the 1,000 meals served daily. Unfortunately the numbers of those in need are growing.’
“The annual luncheon fundraiser’s proceeds benefit The Stewpot, which has served our homeless and at-risk neighbors in Dallas for over 40 years, providing meals, medical and dental services, counseling and case management, youth and family stabilization programs as well as therapeutic and vocational activities. The luncheon will feature special guest speaker and author of ‘Etched in Sand,’ Regina Calcaterra, along with an assortment of signature soups prepared by some of Dallas’ finest chefs brought onboard by Chef Brian C. Luscher, owner of The Grape.
“Each ticket and table sold for Soup’s On! will assist in funding the vast portfolio of services The Stewpot provides to Dallas community members experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. ‘We are working hard on the upcoming luncheon and appreciate all involved, including our precious sponsors,’ says Jill. Adds Lindsay, ‘The Stewpot deserves the great sponsorships and we can’t wait to see all at the luncheon!’
“Who is The Stewpot? The Stewpot is an urban pioneer, responding to the emerging needs of individuals experiencing and at risk of homelessness, while collaborating with others to create appropriate, live-saving responses. Established as a community ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas in 1975, what began as a soup kitchen has evolved into a provider of a wide range of social services, including programs for counseling and case management, therapeutic and vocational activities, and medical and dental support via onsite community partners. By the end of 2018, The Stewpot will have served over 8 million meals to recipients of their programming.
“Who are The Stewpot Alliance? The Stewpot Alliance was founded in 2007 with the goal to support and promote The Stewpot and to serve as a resource for volunteer events and development opportunities. Since its inception, The Stewpot Alliance has raised in excess of $2.5 million for The Stewpot through contributions received from their annual Soup’s On! Luncheon.