The soup was hot & plentiful on Saturday September 22nd thanks to the hard work of many ICAN volunteers and supporters. This was our third year holding this unique event which keeps growing in popularity. Soup's On attendees were able to sample almost a dozen soups like cheesy chicken tortilla, seafood chowder, chicken noodle, ham & beans, lentil curry, chicken noodle, and vegetable. Diners (over 21) even got to sample Mallow Run wine and Sun King beer.
Our program was emceed by Terri Stacy of WIBC who welcomed everyone to the event and provided remarks about the ICAN program while introducing Dr. Sally Irvin, Executive Director and Founder of ICAN. Sally recognized and thanked volunteer Mary Hardin for her hard work and dedication in creating and organizing the Soup's On event for the past three years. Each year this event has outgrown its space as more and more people come out to support ICAN. This year, University High School was gracious enough to allow ICAN to use its facility to hold the event.
The Naptown Knitters created several scarves, hats, and gloves that were available for sale with all proceeds going to help raise more ICAN dogs. Their handiwork was really quite remarkable (and affordable)! Other items for sale at the event included select photographs of ICAN dogs taken by Liz Kaye, who has volunteered countless hours of her time documenting the amazing work our dogs do, and doggie placemats to help keep sloppy eaters from making a mess all over the floor.
Of course, no ICAN event would be complete without our SERVICE DOGS! Director of Training Jennifer Cattet took to the stage to briefly demonstrate the training philosophy behind the ICAN program with the help of new ICAN service puppy, Jamie. She was then joined by Director of Client Services Anne Ronayne and skilled service dog Pete to demonstrate some of the mobility assist tasks that our service dogs do to help clients live a more independent life.
We hope you can join us at our next event: the Decade of Dogs celebration on November 10, 2012 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Help us commemorate 10 years of service dog partnerships, independence, and hope. Tickets are available here.