Local restaurants participate in Soup Sunday, raise funds for Youth Villages

Local restaurants participate in Soup Sunday, raise funds for Youth Villages

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Seconds after TV Master Chef Jr. winner Logan Guleff rang the bell starting Soup Sunday, he was giving out advice to cooks participating in this year's event.

"Just have a lot of fun, and the volunteers are really here to help you," Guleff advised.

Hundreds of those volunteers were all over FedexForum Sunday morning, doing everything from serving food to entertaining crowds with big band music.

Proceeds from Soup Sunday will go to help Youth Villages, the organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people and their families through counseling and support.

"We serve about 23 thousand young people a year," said Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages. "We help young people that have been removed from their families in many cases, or in some cases we are working with the entire family."

Cook Jamie Fortuna spent the day working with the Felicia Suzanne's restaurant team. He says counselors at Youth Villages and the job he has now working in food services helped him straighten his life out.

"It calms me down and inspires me to do better stuff out in the world like make new foods," said Fortuna.

For several hours Sunday, close to 3,000 people dined on the best dishes from The Half Shell, Felicia Suzanne's, Ms. Cordelia's, and many other restaurants.

While this is a one-day event, organizers say there are plenty of ways you can help Youth Villages year round.

"We're always looking for mentors," said Lawler. "We're always looking for foster families, we're always looking for adoptive families."

To find out more about Youth Villages and how you can help, check out their website by clicking here.

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