By Amanda Hatfield
VIERA -- Soup has warmed the soul of a Melbourne Veterans facility.
"Simply Soup," a cookbook created with unique recipes by Indian River Colony Club sous chef Kathy Green, and residents Nancy Carroll and Judi Bickmore, recently raised $6,702 for the Veteran's Transitional Facility in Melbourne.
"The original intent was to raise money for a military charity, which was to be determined by the time the project was completed," Mrs. Bickmore said. "Mrs. Carroll and I researched some military charities and chose the Veteran's Transitional Facility after an extensive visit there."
Affiliated with Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, the goal of the Veteran's Transitional Facility is to help homeless veterans -- some with families -- into a stable housing situation.
The cookbooks, which were sponsored by the Indian River Colony Club Chapel Foundation, were published in November 2012 and sold for $11. Each of the 1,000 cookbooks that were printed were sold.
On March 6, Chef Green, along with Mrs. Carroll and Mrs. Bickmore, presented Audra Leary, director of Veteran's Transitional Facility, with a check from the profits of the cookbook.
"We've seen so much support out of [Indian River Colony Club]," Ms. Leary said in a press release. "Several of their clubs have helped us with clothing, furniture, housewares and even a generator, but the magnitude of this last donation caught me off guard. We feel really honored."
Indian River Colony Club is a fully maintained and gated golf course community of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres in Viera.
The Indian River Colony Club Chapel Foundation is a 501(c) (3) within the Indian River Colony Club community.
For more information about Indian River Colony Club, visit www.indianrivercolonyclub.com or call 1-877-298-8124.
The Veteran's Transitional Facility is located at 700 E. Fee Avenue, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 409-8167.