The Story Behind the Soup
Soup Sunday is an annual event hosted by Youth Villages at the FedExForum, created to serve children and families who have undergone struggles with emotional and behavioral complications through programs that best benefit them.
Restaurant owner, Danny Sumrall, of The Half Shell, and Mike Warr, a Youth Villages board member, stirred up the brilliant idea after coming across a similar benefit event in Little Rock, Arkansas. From its creation, Soup Sunday has gained an unbelievable following from local restaurant owners, volunteers, and participants alike.
Still wondering, “why soup?”
Well, why not soup?
Because of soup, dozens of local restaurants have gathered to bring their most popular soups, other appetizers, and desserts to the event, bringing a sense of community to friends, family, community members, and the like across the FedEx Forum.
Because of soup, Youth Villages has been able to raise nearly $1 million to contribute to its programs advocating for behavioral and emotional health.
Because of soup, you no longer have to wonder if you will find stuff to do in Memphis this weekend!
So, put some respect on Soup’s name!
With a rich history and pure motive under its belt, Soup Sunday has made a mark that aids in the continuation of Youth Villages programs while communicating their mission to the supporting community.
Youth Villages: The Force for Families
For more than 30 years, Youth Villages has served as catalysts for change in the lives of many families, while successfully encompassing the values of the Mid-South and gaining national recognition for its life-changing behavioral health techniques.
With community-driven events like Soup Sunday and other forms of community engagement, Youth Villages has been able to fulfill its mission of helping children and families stay together by collectively adhering to their core values.
Each year, they honor these values by helping more than 30,000 children and families through an Evidentiary Family Restoration approach, which has doubled success rates of traditional services among those struggling with behavioral and emotional health.
80 percent of Youth Villages’ children have undergone many adverse childhood experiences that contribute to numerous developmental and learning disabilities. Because of this, admissions tests are conducted to determine the best program for each child or family.
The proceeds received from this year’s Soup Sunday event will be used to benefit Chris Crye Mentoring Program. In this program, adults 21 and older dedicate 4-6 hours per month to actively serve as positive role models and inherently change the lives of children needing this guidance.
This program along with various other programs have shaped the lives of many youth participants, inadvertently shaping the nation by granting families the possibility of a healthy and flourishing family and community lifestyle.
The Proof is in the Pot
The influence of YV’s programs has not gone unnoticed on an individual basis or by the masses.
The organization has gained public attention for taking leadership in the nonprofit game from some top hot shots such as:
- Harvard Business School ( The Best of the Best!)
- U.S. News & World Report (Right next to Warren Buffet!)
- The White House!! (Umm.. Can you say, famous! )
Ready to Grab a Bowl?
After reading all of what Youth Villages has to offer to the community, we’re certain you’ll want a taste of all the action going down on February 23rd from 11AM–2PM at the FedEx Forum.
Some of Memphis’ most delicious restaurants will be making their appearance at the event such as :
- Half Shell
- Ciao Bella
- Silky O’ Sullivans
- Blues City Cafe
- Margie’s 901
- And Many More!
Bringing the kiddos? Don’t worry!
There will be plenty of activities for even the littlest spoons to enjoy in the Kid Zone, specifically:
- Magic Mr. Nick
- Annual Oreo Stacking Contest
- Face Painting
- Balloon Artists
- Your Favorite Memphis Mascots!
Children 5 and under get free admission!
Consider yourself a Super Souper? Get VIP access for a premium soup experience that includes:
- Access to the FedEx Forum’s Pinnacle Level
- Exclusive specialty items
- Adult Beverages for those 21+ (we know you were waiting on that!)
Although online sales ended on February 16th, you’re not too late! Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event!
Ticket Prices Are As Follows
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