Full Circle hosts a ‘souper’ good time

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 19, 2014

 Kelly O’Hara created this piece that will be part of the silent auction.

Kelly O’Hara created this piece that will be part of the silent auction.

Photo provided by Full Circle Foundation

GROSSE POINTES — Full Circle Foundation wants to warm the hearts and stomachs of those who attend their upcoming program, Stone Soup Art Festival, March 27.

They have some big plans for the festival and hope to see a large turnout.

“Local high-end restaurants are providing soup in a competition for the best bowl of soup in GP,” Full Circle Executive Director Lindsey Kurtz said in an email. “Professional artists have donated pieces of art either made in collaboration with or inspired by people with special needs, which will be auctioned off, as well. There also will be collectable bowls available made by students in the (Grosse Pointe Public School System) with special needs.

“It is going to be a fabulous evening of good food, art and the community coming together around people with special needs,” she said.

The event will run from 5-8 p.m. March 27 at the Tompkins Center, 14920 Windmill Pointe in Grosse Pointe Park. The silent auction will end at 7:30 p.m.

The artwork created by local artists for the auction should be a big draw.

“They’re really unique art pieces,” Kurtz said.

Kurtz said Breadsmith has donated all of the bread for the event. A number of local restaurants are gearing up to take part in the soup competition, including The Hill, Lochmoor, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Ford House, Cabbage Patch and Red Crown. Students with special needs through Full Circle are taking on those heavy hitters with their own entry into the soup competition. 

“That will be fun,” Kurtz said.

“It’s really a community effort,” she said. “There will be tons and tons of bowls.”

While there are some rivalries among restaurants that will add to the fun, the event should also be pretty tasty.

“Here you are, the best soup in town,” said Mary Fodell, founder of Full Circle. “The kids are really excited to compete.”

That’s exactly what this is all about for Fodell and others involved in Full Circle — letting the students shine.

“It should be a fun night,” she said. 

Kurtz said the students have had fun creating the bowls that will be available at the event.

Students from almost every school in the Grosse Pointe Public School System worked on bowls, and they created more than 200 bowls for the event.

“The purpose for our students is to have an evening to be celebrated and show off artwork and bring the community together,” Kurtz said.

Besides creating bowls and soup, the students from Full Circle will take part in the event by helping with other needs, like serving and cleaning up. Teaching the students different jobs so that they can work in local businesses is a key goal of the organization.

Planners are estimating about 250 people will come out to take part in the Stone Soup Art Festival.

Tickets for the event cost $20 and can be purchased by calling (313) 469-6660 or visiting stonesoupartfestival.event.brite.com. Space is limited.