Annual big event helps fund local soup kitchen


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.

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