Fort Wayne SOUP presenters announced for Feb. 28 event


FORT WAYNE — Fort Wayne SOUP will host its first of four events in 2019 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne. Additional events will take place May 2, July 25 and Sept. 19.

Fort Wayne SOUP provides a space for members of the community to pitch ideas to make the region a better place to live. The organization accepted proposals throughout January and early February for innovative ideas and selected five to present at the event on Feb. 28. To date, Fort Wayne SOUP has donated more than $8,000 to a variety of projects that have impacted our community.

The five presenters for the February 28 event are:

Alex Modarressi– Popup Art Lab

Popup Art Lab will consist of design workstations with tools and applications for IU/UX developers, graphic designers and other creatives individuals to use.

Lauren Richwine– Death Done Differently

Lauren is an end of life and funeral advocate, helping families navigate their options, particularly as it pertains to green burial options.

Derrick James– Arts & Creative Entertainment, Inc.

Derrick’s vision is to transform communities by providing creative opportunities as an antidote to deconstructive energy, essentially bridging life’s gaps through creative arts.

Markeita Townsend– Granny’s House

A nonprofit aimed at empowering single parent families, serving as a hub to connect those in need with other non-profit and community-based projects.

John Springer– i (heart) Summit City

An authentic, Fort Wayne themed retro video game designed for use with Sega Genesis hardware. It is the ultimate shout out to Fort Wayne, featuring local businesses and organization.

Each presenter will have 4 minutes to pitch their idea to event attendees in an attempt to receive the most votes and funding for their project.

The event on Feb. 28 has limited seating, with tickets available for purchase before the event from Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door the day of the event.

What: Fort Wayne SOUP

When: Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 PM

Where: The Summit – 1025 W Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Who’s Invited: Everyone who wants to make an impact in the community and enjoy a night of networking

How: Purchase tickets for $5 at

The public is encouraged to attend Fort Wayne SOUP events, as well as submit proposals that they wish to present at a Fort Wayne SOUP event. Proposals should have an underlying mission of improving the community of Fort Wayne. Proposals can still be submitted for the upcoming events online at

A minimum of $5 entry donation at the door is encouraged. Attendees will receive food, a chance to ask questions, time to discuss and deliberate with other guests, and a vote towards which idea they like the most. The winner will receive all the proceeds raised through ticket sales. Proceeds go towards making the winning pitch a reality.

Why SOUP Events Matter

Investing in our community is crucial for it to grow and thrive. Fort Wayne SOUP focuses on empowering those within our community who are looking to improve our city. Through crowdfunding, community support, and funds to make ideas come true, we can improve our community together.

We believe that by empowering residents to invest in their own community, we can create jobs, relationships and networks, promote action and change, foster critical dialogue, instill Fort Wayne pride, and encourage a deeper understanding of democracy.


For more information or to submit a proposal for a future event, visit Email for questions and inquiries.