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Recap :: Third Event :: January 20, 2015

The winner of our third Orlando SOUP event was Achieve a College Education (ACE) Day, which sent a big group of underserved fifth graders to explore higher education and future career options. From the Winter Park / Maitland Observer:

Thanks to a grant from Orlando SOUP, Achieve a College Education Day, or ACE Day for short, allowed 500 fifth-graders from local Title-1 elementary schools to attend UCF for a day of fun, interactive workshops, a tour of a dorm, and one-on-one time with their team leaders. Orlando SOUP, a micro-granting dinner for creative projects in the Orlando community held at the East End Market, gave members of its community the chance to vote on four projects to fund, and they chose the ACE day project. SOUP granted the program with $700 in donations.

Other presenters included:

  • Buy Local Orlando: Food Edition
    • A guide that promotes local food, independent grocery stores, and farmers markets throughout Orange County.
  • Portable Urban Food Forest (PUFF)
    • A repurposed trailer bed will be turned into a green sanctuary with compost bin, rain barrel, and bird feeder.
  • Ride Around the Town: Fixit Orlando
    • Installation of a bicycle self-repair station to promote Orlando as a bike-friendly community.

Recap :: Second Event :: August 13, 2014

Our second Orlando Soup event saw another full house with tickets selling out in two days! The evening’s winner was Patrick Green and the Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP). TrIP is a way for artists to tell stories about the city using transit. Over 50 artists of different disciplines have participated since October 2013. On August 21st, 2014, the Gallery at Avalon Island held a documentary photography portrait show which was supported by the funds received at Soup. Photos included people in Central Florida who commute using a variety of transportation options, from Lynx and Sunrail to biking and walking.

Other presenters included:

Recap :: Inaugural Event :: May 13, 2014

soupphotoAs we gear up for our next Orlando SOUP event on Wednesday, August 13, we want to take a look back at our previous four presenters and give a special shout-out to our sponsors who made our first event possible.

Our winner at the first-ever Orlando SOUP on May 13, 2014 was Project ReThink, presented by Chris Castro and Clayton Ferrara. The goal of Project ReThink is to raise awareness about our environmental impacts through “sustainable graffiti.” Chris and Clayton will be at our next SOUP event to give us an update on how the project is progressing.

Our other projects and presenters at the last SOUP were:

Florida Coffee Symposium
by Jimmy Sherfey :: This local miniature conference celebrates the culture of coffee producers at origins across the globe. With the exposure gained with his SOUP presentation, Jimmy was able to round up community partners and is planning the first Florida Coffee Symposium for September 6, 2014.

Pop-up University by Brendan O’Connor :: A retrofitted inflatable bounce house to host university-level courses for the community.

VendArt by Ashley Pollard :: Restore and retrofit a used vending machine and replace the conventional dispensable items with indispensable works of local art.

This event was made possible through generous support from: Thornton Park Restaurant GroupErica Jacobs Design and Orlando Bike Share.