The Soup Kitchen (TSK) Celebrates Its Volunteers

Boynton Beach, FL, November 16, 2014 — Every year, TSK takes time to recognize the individuals who make things happen – it’s Volunteers.

The annual Volunteers Recognition Brunch took place Sunday with nearly 200 feasting on a special meal. Converting the actual kitchen to a festive environment was no easy feat and under the direction of Marlene Mejia, it was magically transformed into an ambience perfect for a celebration feast.  An amazing buffet prepared by lead Chef Sid Binstock was accompanied by music from The Notables, dancing and giveaways.  “It’s a beautiful day”, said Enrique Zuanetto – Executive Director.  “The Soup Kitchen can do what it does because of your giving heart. We are blessed to have so many of you dedicated to our mission. Thank you, for making our kitchen numero uno”.

Claire Ramlall, a 15+ year volunteer graced the audience with a story of a child whose fancy dinner continuously came from a soup kitchen.

Rhoda Fliss, President of the TSK Board of Directors, also thanked volunteers, “On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank you for without your help, this kitchen would not function. My wish is that we are all here together again next year to celebrate this annual occasion.”

Marlene Mejia, board member and chair of the Events Committee, thanked the individuals who volunteered to make the event special: the decorating committee, the cooks, her husband – Herman, servers and the bartenders.  In addition, she and Enrique Zuanetto presented the anniversary pins:

  • Volunteers receiving 5 year pins:  Len Cohen, Flora Farshadi, Carol Gibelli, Esta Grollman, Judy Stern
  • Volunteers receiving 10 year pins: George Bacalos, Olga Bacalos, Jack Kronz
  • Volunteers receiving 15 year pins: Ann Eastwick, Dan Kaplowitz, Jack Perlmutter, Pearl Perlmutter, Mavis Short
  • Volunteers receiving 20 year pins: Carol Corenthal, Ann Rosenberg

A special recognition was bestowed on Elaine Finkelstein who received a pin for her continuously dedicated service to TSK of 30 years.

What makes TSK special?  Our Volunteers!  We are blessed to have so many who give of their time to serve others.







About The Soup Kitchen (TSK)
Established in 1983 and now in its 31st year, The Soup Kitchen is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to help the less fortunate members of our community.  This includes the elderly, unemployed, underemployed, poor and homeless – women, men and children.  TSK feeds the hungry and assists in keeping families together by providing them nourishment, clothing and education. TSK provides meals at no cost to its guests and is sustained by generous contributions of donors and community partners.  To learn more about the miracles that happen at TSK visit:

Press Contact:  Sonia M. Green,, 954.348.4148

The Soup Kitchen Pays Tribute to its Volunteers on November 17, 2013

At their annual Appreciation Brunch held at The Soup Kitchen’s facility in Boynton Beach, Volunteers were the guests! 

tsk_cafeteriaThe Soup Kitchen was transformed for the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Sidney Binstock – Chef for 2013 Brunch
prepared an amazing feast! volunteer_sidney_binstock



Brunch Kitchen Staff supporting the Chef, were:  Maurice Abutl, Marvin

brunch_kitchen_staffBerger, Ronald C., Stanley Ifcher, Gil Lachow, and Ron Lass



Brunch Servers included:  Devi Goldstein, Claire Ramlall, and Maureen Diaz






volunteers_decoranting_planning_committeeDecorating/Planning Committee:
Decorating/Planning Committee L-R, clockwise:  Trish Kornblatt, Monette Hoffer, Maria Ayalde, Ruth Haynes, Rhoda Fliss, Mary Jane Gibbons,  Judy Stern, Chair: Marlene Mejia, Marta Sandler, Devi Goldstein, and  Aurelia Colom


Enrique Zuanetto, Executive Director, addresses the Volunteers…“Today is a special day. It’s the day I recognize YOU, our volunteers, for everything you do to make TSK succeed”.


volunteer_felix_martinez_30_years_serviceA highlight of the event was the recognition of Volunteers’ years of service.  A total of 76 pins were awarded, ranging from 5 years of service to 30 years.   Special recognition to Felix Martinez, TSK only 30th year award recipient.

Volunteers received a  beautiful Cookbook (Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Haynes!), as well as The Soup Kitchen apron.  In addition, they participated in drawing of prized donated by West Elm, The Container Store, Mrs. Bella Benlolo and Mrs. Edith Shlesinger.

A very special thank you to all our Volunteers who everyday give of their time to help us realize our mission to feed the hungry.  The annual Volunteers Recognition Brunch is a recognition that is well deserved for all you do!

The Soup Kitchen’s 30th Anniversary Gala

View More:, April 18 marked a significant milestone for The Soup Kitchen. We celebrated our 30th year in serving people in need.  This was our first formal fundraiser and it was a night to remember at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach.   

Michael Williams, anchor and reporter for the News Channel 5 team, was our Emcee and did a spectacular job.  (He was so impressed that vowed to return to The Soup Kitchen to do a special piece).  We heard from our Executive Director, Enrique Zuanetto and from the Chair of the 30th Anniversary Committee, Marlene Mejia.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of The Soup Kitchen’s first MVP Award. (Most Valuable Patron)  Appropriate recognition and honor was bestowed on Mr. Arthur J. Remillard for his generosity and consistent support of our organization.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank everyone for their support of our special event.

Photographer: FRANK DONNINO

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012In a joint sponsorship with Caridad Center, The Soup Kitchen facilitated a visit for Santa Claus on December 22, 2012.  We served a special holiday meal to over 1, 200 guests and provided toys to approximately 735 children. 

It was an amazing day!  We brought smiles to many children. 

Special thanks to our Volunteers for their outstanding support on that day.


DSC_0011The Soup Kitchen reached another milestone this year by giving away 732 turkeys to people in need in time for their Thanksgiving celebration. Walmart provided 400 of the turkeys. Julie Ferreira of Walmart joined us to distribute the turkeys. A very special thank you to Julie and Walmart for their support!

Enrique J. Zuanetto Named ‘Executive Director of the Year’ by the American Health Association

Out of nearly 150 entries, Enrique J. Zuanetto, was named Executive Director of the Year by the American Health Association.  Mr. Zuanetto received his award from Adam West at a special event held in Benvenuto’s Restaurant in Boynton Beach on Veterans Day – November 11, 2012.

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