Friday, June 14, 2024

You can get your groove on to the funky New Orleans-style beats, gorge yourself with sweet Caribbean and soul food and enjoy the silent auction and open bar.

But although all this certainly provides enough incentive to attend Thursday’s Sweet Soul Supper, the event also allows people to support Area IV, one of the most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods in Cambridge.

Proceeds from ticket sales to the seventh annual Sweet Soul Supper and its silent auction go toward providing scholarships for area youth, stocking its food pantry, offering free computer access and classes and building partnerships within the community.

Since 1902, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House has worked to serve the needs of Area IV. The organization runs four programs: The School Age and Summer Exploration programs; the food pantry providing food to 3,200 people a year; the Area IV Community Outreach Project for at-risk young adults; and a Community Building Project allowing people to voice their concerns and work together to make changes in their community. There is also a technology center that provides computers and Internet access and teaches technology skill-building classes. Margaret Fuller House also collaborates with organizations such as Cambridge Health Alliance and the YMCA’s Men’s Health initiative.

The event bringing the Caribbean to Cambridge is to take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Morss Hall in Walker Memorial. The silent auction is to include more than 50 items; the musical acts are The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, Nine Mile Radius and JG and the MeggaTones, bands with a funk/soul sound guaranteeing a certain amount of toe tapping.

Tickets cost anywhere from $45 to $120 — cheapest for students and seniors, most expensive for people taking advantage of the 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour — are available here.