Soup’s On Cooks Up a Record Evening

Soup 3The results are in from the Red Cross’ annual Soup’s On fundraiser which took place on Friday, November 1st at the Grand Meridian in Appleton. A new concept for the event named the “High School Challenge” helped the chapter raise a record $50,000 for local programming.

It was the 20th year for Soup’s On but the first year in which 10 area high schools were invited to work with a restaurant/chef as a team. Each team aimed to win the Platinum Ladle Trophy for the best-tasting soup of the night.

The high school students were also encouraged to campaign for votes prior to event night where one vote equaled a one dollar donation to the Red Cross. The school with the most “votes” would receive a  $1,000 grant to purchase new cooking equipment for their culinary classroom.

“The High School Challenge was just what Soup’s On needed to bring it back to life,” said Becky Bergin, Director of Special Events for the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin. “The students added so much fun and excitement to the evening. And wow, can they all cook! Every soup was great and we received a lot of good feedback from our event guests.”

The teams and the soups that were created for the event were as follows:

  • Appleton East High School and Café Bon Appétit of Lawrence University made Pozole
  • Appleton North High School and Mark’s East Side made Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup
  • Appleton West High School and Grand Meridian made Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Fox Valley Lutheran and Pullman’s made Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • Green Bay Preble and Big Tomatoes made Preble’s Chorizo Chili
  • Hortonville High School and Ione’s Dining Room of Fox Valley Technical College made Buffalo Chicken Chili
  • Kaukauna High School and The Kangaroost made Baked Potato Soup
  • Little Chute High School and The Main Event Steakhouse made LC Chinese Chowder
  • Neenah High School and Cannova’s Pizzeria made Pumpkin Soup with Rocket Relish
  • Xavier High School and Atlas Coffee Mill and Café made Curry Apple Soup

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Throughout the evening, each guest was able to vote for their favorite soup. The Kaukauna High School/The Kangaroost team took home the Platinum Ladle Trophy for their Baked Potato Soup.

Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01

Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01

As for the new fundraising component, Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01 for the American Red Cross. Appleton North came in at a very close second, winning the runner-up prize of a Kitchen Aid professional mixer. All told, student fundraising from the 10 high schools brought in over $8,800.

“It was a very exciting evening for the kids,” said Lauren Ott, family consumer sciences teacher at Appleton West High School. “They loved working with the chef and got first-hand experience cooking in a real commercial kitchen. They got to use different equipment that we don’t get to use in the classroom.”

“Events like Soup’s On are absolutely vital in raising funding to support our programs and services,” Bergin added. “They are also a great way to introduce those unfamiliar with what we do, to our mission of providing emergency relief and teaching emergency preparedness. We can’t thank our sponsors, the schools, the restaurants and our volunteers enough for making our 20th Anniversary of Soup’s On SOUP-ERB!!!”

20th Anniversary of Soup’s ON – Help Support High School Challenge

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Ten area high schools and their partner restaurants are well on their way to creating a delicious soup for you to try at the 20th Annual Soup’s On fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross. You won’t go away hungry! You’ll be spoiled with endless soup tasting, fresh grilled cheese sandwiches from Simon’s Cheese, and a variety of appetizers and desserts.

This year, the event team wanted to “spice” things up a bit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event.

“For the past 19 years, we have invited restaurants to serve their own soup creations at Soup’s On. With so many team fundraisers out there now, and with popular shows like Celebrity Chef, we wanted to give it a try and create fun teams. We ultimately decided it would be neat to engage the youth in the event. They would get to work with a professional chef, learn more about the Red Cross and give back to their community,” said Becky Bergin, Director of Special Events for the Eastern Wisconsin Region.

But there’s more to the Soup’s On – High School Challenge than great soups! The participating high schools will also be campaigning for your votes prior to the event in an effort to be awarded the Crème de la Crème fundraising trophy and $1,000 grant to use towards new cooking equipment in the classroom. One vote = one dollar.

The list of high school and restaurant teams are as follows:

Appleton East High/Café Bon Appetit

Appleton North High/Mark’s Eastside

Appleton West High/Grand Meridian

Fox Valley Lutheran High/Pullman’s at Trolley Square

Green Bay Preble High/Big Tomatoes

Hortonville High/Ione’s Dining Room (FVTC)

Little Chute High/Main Event Steakhouse

Kaukauna High/Kangaroost

Neenah High/Cannova’s Pizzeria

St. Francis Xavier High/Atlas Coffee Mill & Café

You can show your support for one or more of these teams by placing your vote today at: http://www.crowdrise.com/northeasternwisconsinsoupson

The event will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton. Tickets are on sale now and are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. 

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.

The Winner of our Soup Ladle Trophy goes to………

CSI Appleton for their White House Soup!!!!! Congratulations!

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin sincerely thanks all who supported this year’s Soup’s On event through their monetary donations, in-kind services and volunteer efforts. 

Your support helps us to continue to provide valuable, lifesaving programs and services to our community!

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.

Soup’s On raises $35,000 for local Red Cross services

Soup’s On, the signature fundraising event for the American Red Cross-Outagamie Chapter, raised nearly $35,000 for local services.

The 17th annual Soup’s On was held Jan. 20th at the Grand Meridian in Appleton. The funds raised through ticket sales, silent auction, raffles and corporate sponsorships support a variety of local Red Cross services, including disaster relief, services to the Armed Forces, shopping and errand services for homebound older adults and disabled individuals and life-saving health and safety education and training.

“Raising $35,000 in our challenging economic environment is a huge success,” said Chapter Executive Director Tony Gonzalez. “We really appreciate everyone who came out to help us raise funds to assist over 10,000 people who receive chapter services every year.”

Gonzalez also thanked the event volunteers, the restaurants who donated food and other food items for the event and local businesses who purchased sponsorships or donated items for the silent auction. “Everyone working together made this event a huge success,” he said.

For more information, please visit www.redcrossoutagamie.org or call 920-733-4481.

Soup’s On Event a Tasty way to Aid Outagamie Chapter of American Red Cross

January 9, 2011: Appleton Post Cresent

As winter’s grip tightens, the yearning for a hot, delicious bowl of soup grows.

The Outagamie Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its 17th annual Soup’s On fundraising event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton.

Each year, the event raises funds for the many services provided by the Outagamie Chapter, including disaster services, support and comfort for military members and their families, health and safety training and shopping and errand services for disabled and elderly residents.

The event will feature soup from 12 local restaurants: CSI/Appleton, Mark’s East Side, Grand Meridian, Butte des Morts Country Club, Michiels Fox Banquets, Flanagan’s Wine Review, Atlas Coffee Mill, Plum Hill, The Seasons, North Shore Golf Club, Zuppas and Van Abel’s. The restaurants will provide award-winning soups to attendees, who will vote for the next winner of the Ladle Award.

The event will also include cheese from Simons Specialty Cheese, desserts from Simple Simon Bakery, breads from Great Harvest Bread Co., appetizers from McCain Foods, waffle treats from Culvers Frozen Custard, chocolates from Wilmar Chocolates, an assortment of beers and gourmet sodas provided by Stone Cellar Brew Pub, wine tasting provided by Flanagan’s Wine Review and entertainment from the Patty LeClair Trio, a Lawrence University jazz trio.

“We cannot thank participating restaurants and other donors enough for continuing to support our chapter’s biggest fundraising event each year,” said Tony Gonzalez, executive director of the Outagamie Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We are so grateful to be part of a community that looks forward to getting together each year for a night of fun and food to people who need vital Red Cross services.”

The evening’s master of ceremonies will be Len Nelson from WAPL radio. Attendees will also have the chance to buy tickets for the drop raffle to win artwork, wines and other prizes or to bid in the silent auction to win jewelry, artwork and golf getaway packages.