Saturday, February 15, 2014
Gorge Soup has announced the finalists for the Feb. 20 Kids Gorge Soup event at Springhouse Cellar. The event will start at 6 p.m.
Gorge Soup is a community gathering. The event is quite simple. Each person attending buys a ticket. The ticket covers a few expenses ($6 for your soup and bread, 50 cents to $2 for miscellaneous costs.). The rest of the ticket money goes into a collective jar. Throughout the soup dinner, a selection of student entrepreneurs from the Gorge will present their business and project ideas to the crowd.
At the end of the night, everyone attending the dinner votes for their favorite presenter/business idea. The winner of the vote receives the remaining ticket money.
At the last Gorge Soup for Kids, the winner received more than $1,700 with two other student groups winning as well. Not only do the student presenters get the opportunity to receive funding, they also have a great chance to generate community support and feedback for their business idea.
These young people will be presenting their business start-ups or community project and hoping for funding from Gorge Soup dinner attendees:
n Daeuthen Dahlquist, Climate Council — Daeuthen is launching a website and forum to engage youth in the climate change discussions.
n Damian Charco, New Language — Damian is opening a learning center to help English speakers learn Spanish and Spanish speakers learn English.
n Trey Piedmonte, Habitat Clothing — Trey is starting a company that will sell T-shirts to raise money and support the Africa Wildlife Foundation, a charity working to prevent elephant poaching in Africa.
n Sage Pratt, Ink Bottle — Sage is seeking funding to make and sell Chinese character art.
n Skye Pratt, All Dolled Up — Skye is launching a business to make hand-sewn doll clothing.
n Eileen Wendell, Great Gorge Drama Club — Eileen is developing a drama club for White Salmon schools and for funding to produce the musical “Honk.”
Tickets for Gorge Soup for Kids are $25 a piece. To purchase tickets, go to: http://bit.ly/19aUmCT.
Children are welcome to attend Gorge Soup. However, a ticket must be purchased for each child attending.
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