Fort Wayne SOUP is hosting a virtual SOUPer Stars event on their Facebook page and YouTube channel for three weeks in November that will pit past winners against each other for the ultimate pitch competition.

Eight past winners will be matched up in a bracket style tournament, facing off for Round 1 beginning Nov. 2. Winners of Round 1 will advance to Round 2, beginning Nov. 9. The two winners from Round 2 will advance to the Championship Round to compete for a chance to win half the proceeds from the event, plus matching sponsorship funds, and the title of THE SOUPer Star. The other half of the proceeds will help Fort Wayne SOUP pursue its 501©(3) status, which will allow the organization to expand its programming and attract additional sponsors.

Tickets for each round of SOUPer Stars are available on the organization’s website: A purchased ticket provides community members a chance to vote for their favorites to advance them through the tournament.

Event schedule:

Now — Tickets are on sale for all three rounds

Nov. 2 — Pitch videos go live and voting opens for Round 1

Nov. 5 — Ticket sales end for Round 1 at 5 p.m., voting ends at 6 p.m., winners announced at 8 p.m.

Nov. 9 — Voting opens for Round 2

Nov. 12 — Ticket sales end for Round 2 at 5 p.m., voting ends at 6 p.m., winners announced at 8 p.m.

Nov. 16 — Voting opens for Round 3

Nov. 19 — Ticket sales end for Round 3 at 5 p.m., voting ends at 6 p.m., SOUPer Star Champion named at 8 p.m.

SOUPer Stars participants:

Jennifer Norris Hale, Mission Motherhood (2020)

Lisa Fabian, St. Joseph Missions (2020)

David Buuck, CASS Housing (2019)

Kurt Roembke, Soundwalk App (2017)

Juan Willams, WeFam (2018)

John Springer, iheartpizza (2019)

Rich Hoppe, Fort Wayne Indoor Skate Park (2018)

Jack Steffy, Migrant Farmworkers Initiative (2020)

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

Founded in 2017, Fort Wayne SOUP hosts micro-grant dinners that foster community and raise funds for creative projects that enhance Fort Wayne living. The public is encouraged to attend Fort Wayne SOUP events, as well as submit proposals that they wish to present. Proposals should have an underlying mission of improving the community of Fort Wayne and may be submitted for the upcoming events online at

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