Soul City Boxing earns Toledo SOUP fundsWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Soul City Boxing and Wrestling won $1,278 at Toledo SOUP on Oct. 26 – the most money raised in the event’s history.
“I’m honored that so many people care about the inner-city kids,” gym owner Roshawn Jones said.
Soul City helps local youth who deal with a variety of issues, including gang violence, low grades and behavioral issues. The program gives the kids a new focus and “something to look forward to,” Jones said.
Jones has been with the program for six years. The gym is currently helping 68 kids, one of them Jones’ brother, Otha Jones.
The goal of Toledo SOUP is to fund projects with a positive impact on the community. Attendees drop $5 in a basket, eat soup, listen to several proposals and vote on their favorite. At the end of the event, the program with the most votes receives the money in the basket. Money is also raised through a bake sale and raffle.
More than 100 people attended the Oct. 26 event.
“That’s the power of a bowl of soup,” said Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator for The Arts Commission and one of the event’s organizers.
Proposals were narrowed to three by a panel of judges, including Anneliese Grytafey from Toledo Community Foundation, Lisa Lawrence from the Economic Community Development Institute, Josh Thurston from Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s office and Toledo City Councilman Mike Craig.
After winning, Jones announced to the crowd he would donate $100 each to the other two presenters.
“Everybody’s out here doing their stuff out of their pockets so we just want to share the wealth,” Jones said.
With the funds, Soul City will purchase two computers to enhance its after-school tutoring program. The gym is located above a barbershop at 801 Junction Ave. For more information, visit its Facebook page here.
The other two presenters were The Children’s Theatre Workshop and Toledo Streets newspaper.
The next Toledo SOUP will be March 8.