Planning under way for annual soup lunch

A popular event on the community’s fall calendar for years has found a new home but the beneficiaries are the same.

It is the annual Art & Compassion Soup Lunch to benefit the House of Compassion and Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance and will be held at the Marshalltown High School Cafeteria Oct. 20.

The HoC, 211 E. Church, is Marshalltown’s homeless shelter and soup kitchen and provides numerous other services to qualified low income residents. Substantial use of the organization’s resources this year has required it to reduce some aid.

The Alliance connects area residents to arts and culture by supporting, promoting and enriching existing opportunities and seeking new possibilities.

The organization sponsors the Linn Creek Art Festival among other events.

The fundraiser will feature crowd favorites soup, fellowship and a silent auction.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from HoC or Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance board members or at the door.

“It is a perfect combination for a fall afternoon,” said Karen Frowhein, HoC director.

Not only is MHS the new host but students have made a major contribution to the fundraiser by donating hand made bowls cast in the high school’s art room.

Beth Burkemper, owner-operator of the 9th Street Gallery & Frame has been a strong supporter of the HoC and Alliance.

She donated a print.

“It’s a small token, but it’s an attempt to add a new dimension to a great event,” she said. I’ve been involved or attended for years and want it to be a successful fundraiser for both organizations.”

She also commented on the location change from the Fisher Community Center to the cafeteria.

“The change helped simplify the process,” she said. “The bowls are made in the art room and stored in the building. Then they are cleaned and readied for the fundraiser. Hosting the event in the cafeteria has made it easier for everyone. This is a perfect example of collaboration between three entities which benefits the entire community.”

For more information contact Frowhein at 641-752-5999 or Mary Giese at the Arts & Culture Alliance at 641-754-5616.