Welcome, Friends of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen!


It is with pleasure that we once again gather in this tranquil setting overlooking majestic Lake St. Clair. This evening we are celebrating the 28th Annual “Benefit on the Bay”, benefiting the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Whether you are here for the first time or the twenty-sixth or some number in between, we warmly welcome you and thank you for supporting this event.


The first “Benefit on the Bay” was a humble beer and pizza party. While a much simpler affair way back then, the enthusiasm invested in that first event continues to drive the committee members who give so generously of their time and energy to assure the success of the occasion. We are grateful to them.


We are also grateful to you for supporting the Capuchin Soup Kitchen by your presence here this evening. Established in 1929, the CSK–as the organization is affectionately known–has by now served millions of meals and touched thousands of lives. Over the years the menus have become more sophisticated (although soup is still a much-beloved staple!) and the services more comprehensive. Currently, 1,700 meals are served daily, and that is probably the agency’s most enduring claim to fame. But in addition, children are now tutored and offered art therapy sessions. Addicted men are provided residential, substance abuse treatment services. Homeless males are instructed in the art of baking bread. Adults of either gender are encouraged to join CSK-sponsored self-help groups. And anyone interested is invited to learn about vegetable growing and bee-tending at the CSK Earthworks Urban Farm.


The Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s six programs are lively and active. All of that life, that activity, is made possible by the generosity of our supporters. We thank you for being one of those supporters, and invite you to visit one of the sites and observe for yourselves all the good that your generosity makes possible. In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful event.



Michael Schodowski

Founder of “Benefit on the Bay”