This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Exclusive Interview with Souper Bowl of Caring Board Chair Dr. Judith Craven and More!

Exclusive Interview With Souper Bowl of Caring Board Chair Dr. Judith Craven

Souper Bowl of Caring Board Chair Dr. Judith Craven (second from right)

Question #1) Tell me more about the organization.

Since its inception in 1990, Souper Bowl of Caring, a movement inspired by youth, has encouraged students, businesses, places of worship, community organizations and compassionate individuals across the country, to transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Souper Bowl of Caring reminds communities that hunger is an issue 365 days of the year, replenishing resources at a critical time of the year when hunger-related charities report a decrease in volunteers and donations after the holiday season. 

Throughout the year, Souper Bowl of Caring makes it convenient for people of all backgrounds and beliefs to become a part of this movement. Souper Bowl of Caring has been honored to call Houston home since moving its headquarters from Columbia, South Carolina to Houston in September 2013. 

Question #2) Why are you giving so much of your money to this organization?

During my career, I served as Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston from 1983 to 1992 and Vice President of Multicultural Affairs for the University of Texas Health Science Center from 1987 to 1992. It has been a pleasure to dedicate over half of my life to serving others, and that is a major reason I became the Board Chair for Souper Bowl of Caring.

As Souper Bowl Board Chair I have made it my goal to make the organization the best it has ever been. The Souper Bowl of Caring is an organization that has always provided for individuals and families, and the organization has given me an opportunity to help those in need. 

Eliminating hunger and related challenges associated with hunger is something I am extremely passionate about. These are just a few of the reasons I decided to share my blessings so many who benefit with the Souperbowl of Caring, by matching donations up to $50,000. 

Question #3) How can the public help in this cause?

Because the money raised by our participants goes directly to their local charities of choice, Souper Bowl of Caring is dependent upon sustainable funding from individual donors for day-to-day operations. Our staff builds partnerships with schools, businesses, churches and charities in communities across the country. Our staff cultivates and maintains relationships with community partners, and they plan and execute community-wide events, such as Kick-Off and Service Blitz activities. With the public’s help, Souper Bowl of Caring has the opportunity to engage more communities and to make a greater impact in the fight against hunger and hunger-related needs.

Please join us by making a contribution to Souper Bowl of Caring by mailing your check to Souper Bowl of Caring, 6260 Westpark, Suite 260, Houston, Texas 77057 or online at www.souperbowl.org/donate.

Question #4) When is the deadline for the public to give?

I will personally match donations made during the month of September for dollar value up to $50,000. Donations can be made year round.

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Children’s Museum of Houston Presents Wade Smith: Smitty Tackles Bullying

                                          Wade Smith Reading to Children

The Children’s Museum of Houston recently presented an event to help children who may be dealing with bullying. The event was held at the Children’s Museum of Houston on September 23, 2017, and hosted by former Houston Texans player and author Wade Smith. Wade Smith read from his book, “Smitty Tackles Bullying” with a motivational speech that followed. All proceeds from book sales will go towards students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Smitty Tackles Bullying by Wade Smith is available for purchase at https://wadesmithfoundation.org/product/smitty-tackles-bullying/.

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Martini Madness 2017

                                          Martini Madness 2017 Attendees

Martini Madness 2017 was recently held on September 15, 2017, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft located at 4848 Main St., Houston, TX 77002. Martini Madness is a popular fundraiser for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and was well attended by many. Guests were encouraged to wear something resembling New York City, a city that never sleeps, for a grand prize. For more information on the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, visit their website at www.crafthouston.org.