By: Jami Gresh
This year’s Souper Bowl was the most successful to date with a crowd of over 400 people. The annual event, which raises funds for the Opportunity House and raises awareness of homelessness and hunger in our area, allows local restaurants to feature their signature soup while guests test-taste the soups and vote for their favorites. The lucky restaurant that wins first place takes home the honorary Silver Spoon. However, the guests don’t leave empty-handed either. Each guest leaves with a handmade bowl of their choice. The bowls are donated and made by talented students and local artists.
The Souper Bowl was held at the Crown Plaza Reading. As guests walked to the ballroom, they walked through a ceramic sea of creativity and generosity. Hundreds of handmade bowls were on display, some made by students, some made by local artists, but all were made with care and donated with kindness to support the evening’s cause of raising awareness of homelessness and the Opportunity House’s mission of "changing lives by educating, housing, feeding, and empowering people to stand on their own feet."
The event, which was made possible by so many community partners including Supreme Ceilings, Inc., started smoothly and ended without a hitch. The night was filled with winners and success for all. Crowne Plaza, voted first place, won the Silver Spoon. Four more restaurants placed second through fifth: Dan’s at Green Hills; Russo Food Market; Monte Lauro European Gourmet; and Café Sweet Streets. The winners also won gift cards donated by the Restaurant Store. Students from various school districts were also given a chance to win for their bowls they created: Chris Allen (hand formed bowl) and Zack Good (thrown bowl) won first place, and Selena Hue (hand formed bowl) and Alli Schaeffer (thrown bowl) won second place. Each student winner was given a Visa gift card donated by Woodforest National Bank.
The Souper Bowl was an exciting and successful evening that was made possible by each and every individual who participated or contributed. The Opportunity House thanks everyone who helped make a difference.
One of the many tables displaying hand-crafted bowls that were
generously created and donated for the event.
Special thanks to:
Golden Ladle Presenting Sponsor:
Supreme Ceilings, Inc.
Copper Kettle Sponsor:
Boscov’s Department Store, LLC
Silver Spoon Sponsors:
Visions Federal Credit Union
Soup Spoon Sponsors:
Highmark Blue Sheild
Riverfront Federal Credit Union
Stevens & Lee/Griffin
Serving Spoon Sponsors:
Anderson Insurance Brokers
Bell Tower Salon & Spa
Pro Max Fence Systems, Inc.
Robert Wert, Wert Investment Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Connors Investor Services, Inc.
J.P. Mascaro & Sons
Quadrant EPP USA, Inc.
Woodforest National Bank