SOCK Dinner Benefits Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Once billed as the "Men's Only" Baseball dinner, SOCK first originated in the early summer of 1942. More than one hundred men showed up for the dinner which was held in the old Soup Kitchen building on Mt. Elliott Street. Each attendee paid five dollars ($5.00) and listened to Connie Mack talk baseball for over two hours. Over the years such notables as Ted Williams, Casey Stengel, Joe Garagiola, Mickey Mantle and Satchel Paige came to the event to talk baseball.
Formally called SOCK (Support Our Capuchin Kitchen) in 1973, the event grew to become one of the most successful fundraising events in Michigan. It has been listed in Crain's Detroit Business as one of Detroit's top grossing fundraisers.
The evening now includes a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment. A new tradition was established with the addition of a reception following the SOCK dinner. The “Second Helping” Afterglow will feature drinks, entertainment, a dessert bar, and a coffee station.
Even though the format has changed, one thing has remained the same: to assist those less fortunate in the community. Metro Detroiters are still dedicated to attending and supporting this annual Soup Kitchen event. Brother Jerry is hoping to see new faces at this year's event. Please read Br. Jerry's letter.
The outpouring of devotion has seen a number of distinguished Chairpersons including our 2016 Chair, Alicia Boler Davis, Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, General Motors (pictured). She has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications for her professional accomplishments and community service. Since 2014, she has led GM’s global efforts to provide customers with the best overall service and experience in the industry, as well as market-leading connectivity. She is a member of GM’s Executive Leadership Team.
Past chairs include 2015 Daniel and Amy Loepp, 2014 Daniel J. Pienta, 2013 artist Dominic Pangborn, 2012 Chairpersons Karin and Dan Akerson, 2011 Thumper and George Haggarty, 2010 Sandra Pierce the president and CEO of Charter One Bank, Michigan, and 2009 chairman Thomas Celani . Alan Mullaly, CEO of Ford Motor Company, Martin J. "Hoot" McInerney, Jeffrey Collins, CEO, Bons Secours Cottage Health Services, Lisa and Bill Ford of the Ford Motor Company, Darlene and Anthony Soave of Soave Enterprises; Cathy and Richard Wagoner of General Motors Corporation; Ann and Bill McCormick of CMS Energy Corporation; The Hon. Mayor Dennis W. Archer and Hon. Trudy DunCombe Archer , Mayor of the City of Detroit; Art and Mary Van Elslander of Art Van Furniture; Dr and Mrs. Dieter Zetsche of the Daimler-Chrysler Corporation are also past chairs.
On Fox 2 Detroit, see Br. Jerry talking about our 2015 SOCK dinner.