I like to salute extraordinary people who do extraordinary things, especially when improving their community. Duaa (Dee) Alkarawy Hamka saw first-hand the impact a community event, orchestrated by local activists, was making in the city of Detroit. She recognized that in small ways you can make a big difference and intends on making a big difference in Dearborn. Because of her vision, dedication and hard work, Dearborn SOUP, will launch in Dearborn, March 6.
Dearborn SOUP is a monthly dinner that funds micro-grants for creative projects. This event, modeled after Detroit SOUP (detroitsoup.com), is designed to support local entrepreneurs whose ideas will positively impact the community in the areas of the arts, humanities, or “green” initiatives. The event will take place the first Sunday of every month and will be held at The Glass Academy. Each attendee makes a $5 donation for admission, which includes a light meal generally including soup, salad and bread; all of which are donated by individuals. During dinner, 2-4, pre-selected individuals will present their ideas. The attendees then vote on a winner and a portion of the proceeds is then granted to fund the winning idea.
To ensure a successful launch, she looking for sponsors, local artists who would like to showcase or sell their work and a photographer who is interested in documenting the launch. All the furniture will be made of recycled material so if you have rugs and reusable materials to donate to the Dearborn SOUP your contributions will be appreciated. Interested parties can reach Dee at (313) 801-4444.
The launch will take place Sunday, March 6 at The Glass Academy located at 25331 Townbridge (www.glassacademy.com) at the southeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Gulley. Doors open at 6:30pm. To keep up to date on information, “like” Dearborn Soup on Facebook.
Jennifer Giering, President