Capuchin Ministries to host summer fundraiser

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published June 14, 2017

 Brother Jerry Johnson, the executive director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, mingles with guests at the Capuchin Ministries’ winter fundraiser, which serves a similar purpose as the upcoming summer fundraiser, Capuchin Night Out.

Brother Jerry Johnson, the executive director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, mingles with guests at the Capuchin Ministries’ winter fundraiser, which serves a similar purpose as the upcoming summer fundraiser, Capuchin Night Out.

Photo provided by Erica Sanders

HAMTRAMCK — The Capuchin Ministries of Detroit is inviting young adults and urban professionals to attend its Capuchin Night Out fundraiser to help benefit the variety of programs that the order supports around the Detroit area.

The Capuchins are a Franciscan ministry with the goal of feeding the body, nurturing the spirit and strengthening the community. Through efforts such as the Solanus Casey Center, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and the Jefferson House, they put those ideas into action. 

The Capuchin Night Out is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at the Fowling Warehouse at 3901 Christopher St. in Hamtramck. Attendees are invited to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and fowling, which is pronounced in a way that rhymes with “bowling.”

“It’s going to be a fun event that will allow young professionals to come together and socialize with those running the kitchen and the center. It will allow them to learn about us, as well as having fun,” said Erica Sanders, who is helping organize the event. “There will be fowling, which I’m excited about. It’s like bowling except you throw a football at the pins. It should be a great evening.”

Early bird advance tickets cost $45 per person; however, after Tuesday, June 20, tickets cost $55. Attendees can register online at www.cskdetroit.org/cnp or call (313) 579-2100, ext. 152. The ticket price includes everything offered at the event, including food and drinks.

“For those who want to donate more in addition to their ticket price, people can choose a sponsorship program on our website at www.cskdetroit.org/cno,” said Sanders. “For $2,500, you get four tickets and sponsorship recognition; for $1,000, you get two tickets and sponsorship recognition; and for $500, you get two event tickets and sponsorship recognition.”

A 50/50 cash raffle and fishbowl raffle also will take place at the event. The money from all sources will go directly to benefit the Capuchin Detroit ministries, which are designed to help those in need in the community in a variety of ways.

“It’s going to go toward the Capuchin Soup Kitchen as well as the Capuchin Ministries, which supports things like the Capuchin Services Center, which is like a food pantry; the Rosa Parks Children’s Center; the Earthworks Urban Farm; the On the Rise Bakery, which helps individuals who are re-entering society from incarceration or substance abuse centers; and the Jefferson House, which is a treatment facility for those who have dealt with substance abuse,” said Sanders. “Additionally, the Solanus Casey Center will benefit, which assists people’s spiritual needs. The money will support the full range of Capuchin ministries.”

Sanders said there is a great need for people to help, but many are discouraged or intimidated by the scope of the problems that afflict others. She said this was a good way to start in a casual, enjoyable manner.

“If you are looking for an opportunity to help and you see the issues that are afflicting our city, this is a great way to help,” she said. “This will let you learn about ways to help, connect with other like-minded professionals and join in on efforts to help, and you can do it all while having fun with this new game of fowling.”

Although the focus of the evening is fun, the needs that the event supports are real.

“The evening will be enjoyable, but our focus is urgent,” said brother Jerry Johnson, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen executive director. “Franciscan spirituality involves the effort to see each person as our sister or brother. When we choose to pay attention to our sisters and brothers facing difficult circumstances, bridges are built and the hearts of all involved begin the painful and beautiful process of healing.”