Sharing soup is not only a great way to meet people but in this case, it's also a successful and important fundraiser for Harvest Share food pantry. The 2017 Soup N Bowl was held Saturday from 11 am-2 pm at the Memorial Building.
The event saw a continuous crowd of approximately 500 people at its 7th annual event, which is a fundraiser benefiting Harvest Share Food Pantry. Roughly 65 volunteers helped make the event happen, between the setup, event and clean up. Fifth graders (pictured above) from Zion Christian Academy also helped... especially in their favorite spot, the dessert station.
Attendees gathered to enjoy a huge variety of soup and pizza, as well as to participate in both the live and silent auctions, which featured over 200 items to bid on. Eddie Ables served as the auctioneer for the live auction, and a large assortment of donated items were on display for bidding in the silent auction upstairs.
These included furniture, tools, lawn care equipment and electronics. Tennessee Wholesale Furniture donated over $1600 in live auction items, and Parks Motor Sales purchased the soup bowls that were given away.
The event raises approximately $20,000 which is used to purchase food for residents of Maury county who are experiencing some form of hardship and to support two new programs. Individuals over 68 years of age can come in twice per month for food so they do not have to choose between paying the utility bills or eating, and individuals who have medical events that financially strap them can also can come in twice per month, enabling them to have food and pay for their medical needs.
Chairman of the Board Mike Shane said, "The Board of Directors and staff at Harvest Share pour their hearts into this fundraiser each year. It has grown into a much-anticipated community event. Helping those in need is a passion that the Harvest Share team all shares. We would like to thank the community for once again stepping up to make this year's event amazing."
The Harvest Share Food Pantry of Maury County was founded in 1981 as a faith-based hunger relief organization located in Columbia. Their mission is to provide food and comfort to those unable to help themselves. Find out how you can help by clicking HERE.
And just in case you missed this year's tasty event, there is always next year!
Just to give you an idea of the plethora of soups offered and the many restaurants that donated to the fundraiser, here is the breakdown: potato soup from OCharley's; tortilla from Chick Fil A; tomato artichoke from Square Market; smoky bean & sausage from Christie's; creamy chicken corn chowder from Mt. Pleasant Grille; Southern chicken from Southern Tre's; broccoli and cheese from Mercantile; Zappa Toscana from Olive Garden; potato soup from Betty's; chili from Legends; plus veggie soup from Kathy Harper, along with 100 cupcakes and 200 corn bread muffins.
Major sponsors of the event included Lyons Chevrolet, Electronic Express, Parks Motor Sales, CFS Printing & Promotional Products, GM Manufacturing and UAW.