GET YOUR SPOON READY FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL SOUP’S ON EVENT TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN

The American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin will host the 19th annual Soup’s On presented by Jack’s Maintenance Friday, November 2, 2012. This year promises to be full of fun and excitement and, as always, one distinguished restaurant will earn the coveted Platinum Soup Ladle trophy and bragging rights for an entire year.

This highly5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida Street in Appleton -anticipated event will be held from. 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,” says Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive for Northeast Wisconsin and Regional COO. “For Soup’s On to be running strong after 19 years is a true testament to our participants, sponsors and masterful restaurateurs.”

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: CSI Appleton, Fox Valley Technical College Culinary School, Grand Meridian, Kangaroostaurant, Mark’s East Side, Michiels Fox Banquets, Plum Hill Café, Remington’s at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk, Shellatte’s, 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 platinum “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, Culver’s Frozen Custard and Wilmar’s chocolates. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will feature Skip Willis from WVBO radio and music will be provided by Fran the Piano Man.

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!  New this year is the Mission Moment, in which you can help raise $5,000 toward the purchase of a disaster trailer that will be filled with special needs cots, medical supplies and equipment. Please, help us ensure that we can quickly get these supplies to a shelter with a donation in the amount of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000.

Corporate sponsors of Soup’s On include: Presenting Sponsor, Jack’s Maintenance Service; Diamond Sponsor,Kimberly Clark Corporation; Gold Sponsor, SCA Tissue; Silvers Sponsors, Boldt and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; and Bronze Sponsors, Agropur, Bassett Mechanical, Festival Foods and Outlook Group Corp.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45 or at the door for $50. Reserved tables are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling (920)-733-4481, by visiting the Red Cross at 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton or by visiting the redcross.org/newisconsin website.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties with a mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. 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 redcross.org/newisconsin. 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 about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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