Benefit on the Bay raises $150,000 for Capuchin Soup Kitchen

The 22nd Annual Benefit on the Bay fundraising event to benefit the Detroit-based Capuchin Soup Kitchen announced raising $150,000 net proceeds from the 2015 event. The event is hosted and organized by Mike Schodowski, Vice President of Sales of Auburn Hills-based Shelving Inc. The family-owned industrial and residential shelving company underwrites all costs for the fundraiser ensuring all funds raised go to advance the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s mission. Additionally, Schodowski’s company, Shelving Inc. donates 10% of their profits annually to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

 
Held on a clear Friday evening at the MacRay Harbor banquet center along the shores of Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, the 22nd annual event was attended by nearly 650 people and brought the total amount raised since the first Benefit on the Bay in 1993 to $1.25 million to support Capuchin. This year¹s event exceeded goals by $25,000 and raised $40,000 more than the 2014 event, which raised $110,000.
 
“I was first introduced to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen when volunteering as a teenager. I was moved by their mission and the assistance they provide to those in need within our community,” Schodowski said. “I am grateful to be in a position to help generate much needed financial assistance both through the fundraisers I host and my company, Shelving Inc.’s  annual donation of 10% of our profits.”
 
Schodowski is a longstanding benefactor of The Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Schodowski started Benefit on the Bay in 1993 with a group of friends on a boat dock, eating pizza and dancing around an AM/FM radio, ultimately raising $1,400 for Capuchin. The event has grown every year including 2015 with nearly 650 attendees.
 
In addition to Benefit on the Bay, Schodowski organizes the Bocce with the Brothers fundraiser, which will host its 4th annual event on Friday, January 21, 2016, at Villa Penna on Hayes Road in Sterling Heights.
 
The 23rd Annual Benefit on the Bay is already confirmed for Friday, August 26, 2016, at MacRay Harbor.
 
Schodowski, along with brothers Joe (Shelving Inc.’s President), John (Shelving Inc.’s Vice President of Supply Chain) and brother-in-law to Jim Aiello (Shelving Inc.’s Vice President of Operations), purchased Shelving Inc., from their retiring father, Jack, who founded the company in 1960. Shelving Inc., annually gives 10 percent of its profits to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
 
Founded in 1929, Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves Metro Detroit by providing those in need with food, clothing and counsel, preparing an average of 2,000 meals per day.

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