18th Annual Soup’s On Event Supports Local American Red Cross

We’re On Our Way to Another Soup-er Bowl 

The local American Red Cross Chapter will host its 18th annual Soup’s On event on Thursday, January 19, 2012. This Soup-er bowl celebration will score a touchdown and one distinguished restaurant will earn the coveted Soup Ladle trophy and bragging rights for an entire year.

This highly anticipated event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida Street in Appleton. Not only does the fun-filled evening raise vital funding for the American Red Cross, it highlights the many local services provided to our community, including disaster response, community disaster education & prevention, services to armed forces at home and abroad, life-saving skills training and the Shopping and Errand program which serves disabled and elderly community members.

“Successful fundraising events – and the ultimate services to people in need – can only happen with dedicated volunteers and staff. This year, we responded to a record number of residential fires, a tornado and straight-line winds, prolonged power outages, and work in our other areas of expertise expanded too.  For Soup’s On to be running strong after 18 years is true testament to our participants, sponsors and masterful restaurateurs,” stated Steve Hansen, the local Chapter Executive.

Each year area chefs and restaurateurs present either a classic soup or a custom creation of divine flavors with maximum crowd appeal. This year’s competitors include: Al Corso Restaurant, Atlas Coffee Mill, Butte Des Morts Country Club, CSI Appleton, Grand Meridian, Johnathan’s Italian Bistro, Mark’s East Side, North Shore Golf Club, Plum Hill Café, Stone Cellar Brewpub, Van Abel’s of Hollandtown and Zuppas. Throughout the evening, each attendee’s palate serves as the judge for their favorite soup, votes are cast and the golden “Ladle Award” is presented.

Additional tantalizing treats throughout the evening include appetizers compliments of McCain Foods, grilled cheese sandwiches from Simon’s Specialty Cheeses, Simple Simon Bakery desserts, Great Harvest Bread, and Culver’s Frozen Custard. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will feature Len Nelson from WAPL radio and music will be provided by a local jazz ensemble.

Community support is also provided by numerous area businesses that support the silent auction. Fabulous prizes include jewelry, artwork, golf packages, vacation travel, sports memorabilia and so much more!  Corporate sponsors include Boldt, Coldwell Banker-The Real Estate Group, Community First Credit Union, Festival Foods, Fox Communities Credit Union, Kimberly Clark, SCA, Thedacare, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance and at the door. Individuals tickets are $50 each and reserved table of 8 is $450.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (920)-733-4481, by visiting the Red Cross at 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton or by visiting  www.newredcross.org

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. To learn more about local Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter headquarters at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NEWRedCross.org. Find us on facebook.com/newredcross, twitter.com/newredcross, the local blog is newredcrossblog.org and event photos will be at flickr.com/photos/newredcross.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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