41st Annual Sock Dinner - Friday, October 11, 2013

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 Afterglow.

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.

We are pleased to announce our 2018 SOCK (Support Our Capuchin Kitchen) event chairs, Dave and Peggy Meador. They are strong advocates for reducing barriers to employment, providing human service needs and enhancing the quality of life for residents in Detroit and the surrounding communities. Dave is vice chairman and chief administrative officer of DTE Energy, and oversees information technology, procurement, fleet, facilities, corporate communications as well as government, corporate & public affairs as well as the company’s philanthropic giving. Dave leads the company’s efforts to be a force for growth and prosperity in the community’s where DTE serves. He is co-chair of Mayor Duggan’s Detroit Workforce Development Board and is involved in various community and civic activities, is the co-founder and chair of Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Board of Trustees, the Hudson-Webber Foundation, Downtown Detroit Partnership, and Business Leaders for Michigan.  Dave also serves on the Michigan Humane Society Executive Committee as Vice Chair, the Wayne State University Foundation Board and is an Emeritus Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  He is also a Director of Amerisure Companies, one of the nation’s leading providers of commercial insurance.Peggy is a full-time mother and grandmother, and a relentless advocate for children and adults on the autism spectrum, for owners of service dogs, for enhancing Michigan’s special education and for employing adults with disabilities. Peggy co-chaired the Michigan Humane Society’s 2018 Bow Wow Brunch.

Past chairs include 2017 John C. Carter, 2016 Alicia Boler Davis, 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.

Check back for updated information for our 2018 SOCK event.

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View some of the images taken during our 2017 SOCK event