The Soup Kitchen makes donation

Owner of The Soup Kitchen Rick Ford (left) presents a donation of $1,730 to David Talley (center) and Michael Grider for the Clark Riley Scholarship and the Green Meadow Swim Team. The donation was made in memory of Foothills Elementary student Clark Riley Reagan.

The Soup Kitchen in Alcoa has donated $1,730 to the Clark Riley Scholarship and the Green Meadow Swim Team in memory of Foothills Elementary student Clark Riley Reagan.

As part of its fundraising efforts, The Soup Kitchen pledged a percentage of sales from the restaurant and their Express Food Truck between Aug. 5-7 to the scholarship foundation.

“We, as a family, are so grateful for Rick Ford and The Soup Kitchen’s contribution to the Clark Riley Scholarship Fund. This is just one example of how our hometown and its beautiful folks have covered us in love as we have gone through the passing of our sweet buddy, Clark Riley Reagan,” said David Talley, grandfather of Clark Riley Reagan.

“We hope that other families will be blessed by this scholarship for many years to come.”

The restaurant also collected community donations for the fundraiser.

“Without the community’s help, we could not honor the life of Clark Riley,” restaurant co-owner Rick Ford said.

Each year, The Clark Riley Scholarship rewards a scholarship to a Maryville or Alcoa student who is pursuing a degree in studio art, architecture or graphic design.

Clark enjoyed swimming on the Green Meadow Swim Team and wanted to become a famous comic book artist.

The Soup Kitchen is at 245 S. Calderwood St.

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