GREENFIELD — There are still a few seats available for what organizers hope will be a table of bounty to help feed the hungry for this year’s Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen Dinner and Auction.
“This is our big one,” executive director Jill Ebbert said of the annual fundraising event that brings in the kitchen’s big lump-sum donation for the year. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. April 5 at NineStar Connect, 2243 E. Main St., Greenfield.
“Last year we raised just over $9,000, and we’re hoping to do as well this year,” Ebbert said.
Ticket sales, donations and preparations are running at about last year’s level, auction committee chair Sharon Harper said, and organizers are hoping for at least a repeat performance from last year’s fundraiser.
To date, Harper said the soup kitchen has received a number of donations to be auctioned off during the evening. The items range from a five-foot blue spruce tree to grills and wine-and-cheese baskets.
Auctioneers Wayne and Kyle Addison will drive the bidders on April 5, and the evening also includes dinner by local barbecue chef Grant Ford of BBQ’n Fools. Music will be provided by pianist Brad Herndon.
Also on the bill is Hoosier comedian and storyteller Clara Trusty.
“People liked her so well last year, we decided to bring her back,” Ebbert said.
Organizers say they are still accepting gift donations for the auction, which is where the money is predominantly made – and the soup kitchen is also accepting cash donations that will go toward building more auction baskets.
Ebbert said the soup kitchen continues to serve a growing need in Hancock County.
“The need is very great,” she said. “I just learned a couple weeks ago that one in three children in Hancock County are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
“We continue to see more new faces and families,” Ebbert said.
“There are lots and lots of people out there that have jobs, but who are only making $7 or $8 an hour, and you can’t make it on that.”
To make a donation, purchase tickets or for more information, contact Harper at (317) 462-7810 or visit the soup kitchen at 202 E. Main St. in Greenfield.