Benefit on the Bay returns for 23rd year

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 16, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The area’s most fun fundraiser for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is returning to Harrison Township for its 23rd year.

Benefit on the Bay will be held Friday, Aug. 26 at MacRay Harbor.

The family-owned Shelving Inc., of Auburn Hills, is once again putting on the event, and Vice President of Sales Mike Schodowski said this year’s benefit, by looking at the trends, should be the most successful to date.

“In our first year (1993), we raised $1,400,” said Schodowski of the 40 people who attended that inaugural year. “Most of them were family.”

Last year’s Benefit on the Bay, given the name because of MacRay’s proximity to Lake St. Clair, netted just over $150,000 and was attended by some 600 people.

“All of the money raised goes to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen,” said Schodowski. “We don’t take anything out for expenses.”

Since 1993, Benefit on the Bay has raised $1.25 million.

“The Soup Kitchen does so much for people who have so little,” Schodowski said in a press release from The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order. “The Soup Kitchen not only feeds the hungry, but also helps children learn. They teach job skills. They have an organic urban farm that produces over six tons of healthy food. They provide groceries and clothing. They have a residential rehabilitation facility that has an amazing success rate. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen does so much for the community, all without government funding.”

In addition to Benefit on the Bay, Schodowski said, Shelving Inc. donates 10 percent of its profits to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen annually. In January, the company also hosted the fourth annual Bocce with the Brothers fundraiser, which raised more than $28,000 for the Capuchin Ministries.

“The event is completely underwritten by Shelving Inc. so that 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the Capuchin Soup Kitchen to ensure they receive the necessary funds to continue with their critically important mission of helping those in need throughout the metro area,” Schodowski said.

This year’s Benefit on the Bay will be emceed by Jay Towers from Fox 2 Detroit and 100.3 WNIC. The event will feature entertainment, including music, dancing, and silent and live auctions.

Members of the Capuchin Choir will perform, and speed painter Dave Santia will be on hand to create three works of art that will then go up for auction that evening. The event will feature two bands: John Dickson & the C-Notes and The Key Suspects.

Tickets to Benefit on the Bay are limited and cost $65 at www.benefitonthebay.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (313) 579-2100, ext. 153 or ext. 170. Admittance also includes complimentary appetizers, dinner and drinks.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities, program ads and donations of auction items are also currently being accepted. For more information, contact Mike Schodowski at (800) 637-9508.

MacRay Harbor is located at 30675 North River Road in Harrison Township.