Capuchin Soup Kitchen announces Ray and Maria Scott as the 2019 SOCK Dinner Chairs

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is pleased to announce Lear Corporation’s President and CEO Ray Scott and his wife Maria as the chairpersons for the 47th annual Support Our Capuchin Kitchen (SOCK) Dinner. The event takes place Friday, September 27, 2019 in the Grand Riverfront Ballroom at Cobo Center, and will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in the days following the Wall Street crash of 1929.

“The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is grateful to Ray and Maria for their compassion and commitment to our guests contending with poverty, homelessness, and difficult circumstances,” said Br. Jerry Johnson, executive director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. “The Soup Kitchen serves thousands of guests each day, with seven programs operating out of five sites. There are so many good people, such as Ray and Maria Scott, who share in this important work to relieve suffering in our communities.”

Ray began his career at Lear Corporation in 1988, steadily rising through the ranks. Over the course of his career with Lear, Ray has held various executive positions in both the United States and Europe. He was named President and CEO in 2018.

In addition to his role at Lear, Ray serves as a trustee of Kettering University in Flint, Mich., and as a member of the Alumni/Advisory Board of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He is a member of Business Leaders for Michigan.

Maria, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University, has a professional background in Information Systems as a Systems Engineer at Electronic Data Systems. Maria serves on the Friends of the Arts Parent Association at Detroit Country Day School. She also teaches in the Faith Formation program at Holy Name Parish in Birmingham, Mich.

“For over 90 years, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has tended to community members and their basic needs, especially the need for food,” said Ray and Maria Scott. “In 2017, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen served over 560,000 individuals through the kitchens, food pantry, and shower program, and we are in awe of their dedication to this cause. It is an honor for us to help support this cause.”

“The Capuchins’ commitment to promoting healing within the community through their work to fight poverty, hunger and homelessness—as well as other difficult circumstances—is highly admirable,” they continued. 

Tickets to the 47th annual SOCK Dinner are $275 per person and include dinner, refreshments, musical entertainment, a silent auction and an afterglow event. To order tickets, call (313) 579-2100 (ext. 153) or purchase online at

About the Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Founded in 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing, and human development programs to the people of our community.  In addition to preparing and serving up to 1,700 meals a day, it operates a shower program, emergency food pantry, and a tutoring and art therapy program for children. It also distributes household items and clothing. Its Earthworks Urban Farm harvests six tons of produce from a two-and-a-half-acre USDA-certified organic farm, and educates the community in regards to sustainable relationships between human beings and the earth. The Soup Kitchen’s On the Rise Bakery affords workforce development and skills training for returning citizens. In addition, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Jefferson House – a twelve bed residential substance abuse disorder treatment facility – assists men seeking to reclaim their lives from addiction.

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, with ministries in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Montana.  The Capuchins are funded primarily by donations, receiving no government assistance.