HAMMERS. Souper Bowl. Winning entry from the Brickhouse. Yes, our readers probably read quite a bit about last Saturday’s event in the Lilly Gallery at Davidson College to raise money for the Davidson Housing Coalition’s HAMMERS home repair program. DavidsonNews.net Editor David Boraks took many photos of people enjoying their “souper” lunch. (See “Souper Bowl: Brickhouse wins with Creamy Chicken”)
This week Around Davidson was the recipient of a wonderfully written recap of the Souper Bowl from Davidson Housing Coalition President Margo Williams, which we want to share with our readers. But first let’s talk about the organizations that hosted the occasion: Davidson Housing Coalition and HAMMERS. Many newcomers to our area might want to know about the histories of these organizations and consider giving some of their time, talent or resources to these organizations.
DAVIDSON HOUSING COALITION
Their motto is “Opening Doors” and the Davidson Housing Coalition (DHC) has been doing that since 1996. The Executive Director of DHC from the beginning has been Marcia Webster. Under Marcia’s guidance, quality homes have been made available to many residents in our town. The DHC offices are at 220-A Sloan St., near the Ada Jenkins Center. The group’s mission, simply stated, is: “They believe that Davidson’s traditional mix of people of all income levels is fundamental to the community and distinguishes us as a town.” Further “they work with the larger community to preserve and create affordable housing options, and to prepare families and individuals for financial stability and home ownership.”
(For more information, access www.davidsonhousing.org or call Marcia at 704.892.4486))
HOW ABOUT HAMMERS
An offshoot of the DHC is HAMMERS, which stands for “Hands Around Mecklenburg/ Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely.” (www.davidsonhousing.org/hammers) Early in 2003, the DHC, working with Davidson College, “hatched” the idea of providing emergency home services to residents in our area who were living in substandard housing. A few months later HAMMERS completed its first project and now proudly boasts that it has repaired 116 homes in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville.
Thanks to Eddison Wilkinson, Management and Development Fellow for DHC, who shared a few before and after photos of HAMMERS projects making homes safe for our neighbors. Margaret Martens has been the program chairperson for HAMMERS since its beginning in 2003 and an energetic force behind the annual Souper Bowls since the first in January of 2004.
Hats off to Marcia and Margaret for their commitment to making lives safer, healthier and better for lower wealth residents in our area.
AND NOW A WORD FROM MARGO
Davidson resident for the past three plus decades, Margo Williams has been involved in DHC from the beginning. An enthusiastic supporter of Souper Bowl from the first, she shares facts, figures and insights from this past Saturday’s successful gathering of hundreds of friends of HAMMERS in the following report.
Souper Bowl 2013
Just over 400 people, from babies to great grandparents, filled the Lilly Gallery on Saturday, February 2, with talk and laughter. Our three generous sponsors, Metrolina Greenhouses, BJ’s, and JJ Wade and Associates, once again helped us bring it all together. The soups were more delicious than ever this year, with wonderful participating restaurants: Alton’s (Best Chunky), Armin’s, Brickhouse (Best Overall), Campania (Best Farm-to-Spoon), Flatiron (Best Veggie), Restaurant X, and Toast (Best Creamy).
Amazing desserts were provided by Bird and Bear Cookie Company, Davidson Chocolate, and La Patisserie. Davidson College, through the good graces of the Center for Community Engagement, allowed us to use the Lilly Gallery without charge.
Talented artists gave freely of their wonderful pieces for the silent auction: Jamie Azevedo, Evalyn Crawford, Shari Crouse, Roxanne Dean, Sandra Gittleman, Mike Goode, Margaret Goode, Donna McKay, Sarah Monteleone, Louise Mohamed, Melissa Reddick, and the Wooden Stone. Lucky were the people who got to take home their beautiful work.
A fun, new addition was to have Gordon Clark from the Davidson Village Inn giving rides around campus to people in his famous pedicab. He made quite a picture and certainly worked up his appetite for soup!
The high point was the spirit of generosity that makes the event work, from the restaurants and bakers who provide all the food free-of-charge, the dozens of volunteers from college and community, the staff (Marcia Webster, Eddison Wilkinson, Gail Brooks-Lemkin, and Cheryl Graham) and board of DHC, the HAMMERS committee chaired by Margaret Martens, the contributing artists to the silent auction, and the entertainers.
Rusty Knox has been lending his immense talent to the Souper Bowl since the beginning and he and Michael Orlando performed some new material from Rusty’s latest CD, “Judgement,” as well as some old standards. When they sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” I thought of our little town and the 175 years of people who have made it a wonderful place to live. The Generals and the Delilahs lent their beautiful voices to the festive air, bringing the college front and center, especially with numbers like “Can’t Take my Eyes Off of You.”
Another great moment was visiting with the now grown-up sons and daughters of Davidson who have returned to live in their old hometown, giving us more unbroken circles. Among them was Kate Barger, who now lives in the house that once belonged to her grandparents. It is exciting to think of all that Kate will do to make the house her own, with decorations and wall hangings from her many travels. Welcome to Kate and our other hometown generations.
People come to the Souper Bowl to have fun, to warm up on award-winning soups and the most delicious desserts, to hear good music and bid on lovely artwork, and to be in community with friends and neighbors. That’s a pretty happy way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning and, as a nice bonus, it even benefits a good cause! Thanks to all who made it a success, with DHC raising over $13,000 for HAMMERS!
To learn more about the HAMMERS emergency home repair program of the Davidson Housing Coalition (DHC), please visit www.davidsonhousing.org. You will find many programs, all designed with one mission in mind – to help the people of North Mecklenburg and South Iredell achieve financial stability, find jobs, and live in safe and secure affordable housing. The DHC needs volunteer support throughout the year and counts on the citizens of our area to become involved. Call the office at 704 892-4486 or check us out on Facebook and at our website to learn more.
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