Lewes Presbyterian to host Rock-n-Roll BBQ to benefit Jusst Sooup Feb. 25
An earthquake, Hurricane Irene and a tornado could not keep ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition," Schell Brothers and a few thousand volunteers from building the Jusst Sooup Ranch in only one week last September, yet a lull in contributions could cast a cloud over the ministry's short- and long-term goals to care for hundreds of Delaware's hungry and homeless each week.
From noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, the Second Annual Rock-n-Roll BBQ Fundraiser will take place at the Lewes Presbyterian Church to benefit the Jusst Sooup Ministry. It will also give the Dunning family their first opportunity to thank the community in person for helping their dreams become reality.
"Even though the lights, camera and action of the Extreme Makeover are over," says the Rev. Dale Dunning, "for me it's just the beginning! The fundraiser will be a wonderful way to shine the spotlight back on every sponsor, donor or volunteer from our community who helped us. I look forward to saying I love you, I appreciate you and I'm so very, very grateful for all that has been done for us."
Sponsors for this year's fundraiser include Insight Meditation Community - Lewes, Edge Company Home Improvements, Rehoboth Beach Yoga, Long Neck Sunrise Rotary, Long Neck Chiropractic, Hyett Refrigeration and Schaeffer's Plumbing Services.
It's been a 15-year journey for Dunning - from cooking on a one-burner stove in an RV to waking up on the ranch and cooking in a designer commercial-grade kitchen and dining pavilion where even more fresh soup can be made and served. While the use of the kitchen and dining space for those outside the family is still pending county permitting, the seasonal nature of the region, tough economic times, and perhaps a misperception that the ministry received funding from Extreme Makeover for the food operation have created a need for help in stocking the larder as great as it ever has been.
"We always have clothing coming in," says Dale's husband Ken, who initially believed he could work three jobs to fund the soup kitchen rather than ask for charity. He still works three jobs, however, as Sussex County has grown and the attendance at the soup kitchen locations has along with it. Ken says, "There will always be a need for my wife's soup."
"One of the desires of my heart right now, since we have a huge new walk-in freezer," says Dale "would be to have it filled with frozen mixed vegetables - broccoli, limas, spinach, kale. We use chicken and turkey and loads of rice and noodles, but I use so many vegetables because people really, really need that nourishment when they come here."
For many people struggling, that bowl of soup might be the only complete meal they have that day or for several days. The ministry also helps the needy with bathing facilities, toiletries, transportation, groceries, prescription assistance, and when possible, finding a roof to put over their heads.
"I've been called to make soup," says Dale. "I've been called to serve others. I've been called to love on them and to listen to them and to do whatever I can do for them. But my vision is to one day be able to cook and also feed my 'Little Soupers' right at the Jusst Sooup Ministry Ranch. That's what it's all about for me!"
Live entertainment will be provided by Bare Feet from 1 to 2 p.m., featuring modern and classic rock. This will be the group's fifth time donating their musical talents to the Jusst Sooup cause.
The event menu includes Billy Schaeffer's famous barbecued chicken, Dale's delicious soups and additional main and side dishes, desserts and nonalcoholic beverages from the various sponsors and their volunteers.
Tax-deductible tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door. For event information contact Nick Edge at 302-645-7006 or email@example.com. Checks to "Jusst Sooup Ministry" for this fund drive should be addressed c/o Nick Edge, 17019 Bristol Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Lewes Presbyterian Church is at 133 Kings Highway in Lewes with parking behind the church.
Re: Lewes Presbyterian to host Rock-n-Roll BBQ to benefit Jusst Sooup Feb. 25
There's a detail that caught my eye and I'm not the accountant around here, but I didn't think ya could claim a deduction for the whole amount of the ticket, and would have to reduce the "donation" by the value of the meal and entertainment. Maybe I read the comment incorrectly or am wrong on this tax rule.
I think this group with it's church designation strategy and other plans is just making me nervous but I could have it all wrong. Anyway, itseems to be an interesting saga that is still unfolding. TV movie next?
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