The SOUP is a community-based crowdfunding dinner. Visalia SOUP is modeled after Detroit SOUP, which began as a way to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun. In partnership with other local businesses, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Visalia SOUP on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Congratulations to our winner, Greg Morentin who won the pot of money to further his idea: Martial Arts for Kids with Autism and Special Needs! Also, thank you to our three other presenters, who had equally great and impactful ideas for the Visalia community: Every Second Counts, Cali Crave Vending and Imagine Rock School.
How does Visalia SOUP work?
A recommended donation of $5 gets you entry into the event, soup, bread and a vote. You will hear from four presenters, who have four minutes to describe their idea to the group (no technology allowed), and will answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art/music and vote on the project they think is most deserving. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress.
Check back this summer if you would like to submit a proposal or to learn more about our next Visalia SOUP event!
Thank you to our sponsor:
Thank you to:
Visalia City Council for their generous donation
Kellie Black - Mache - for donating her delicious soups
Lowe's - Mooney for donating plywood for our tables
Fresno Pacific University - Visalia Campus
Visalia Convention Center
Cafe 210 for going above and beyond in hosting our event
Visalia Rescue Mission for donating blankets
Sysco for donating bread
Visalia SOUP Steering Committee: