By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
WELLAND – Do too many cooks spoil the broth?
Not at Soup’s On!, a popular soup luncheon fundraiser, where seven soup prep teams will serve a variety of soups in aid of a social justice scholarship.
At Soup’s On!, the consensus is: Every ‘ladle bit’ helps!
The event takes place Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Kevin’s parish hall.
It will be the 15th to be held.
It raises funds for the St. Kevin Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship, which is awarded annually in June.
The participating soup prep teams and their respective soups are: Blessed Trinity, Grimsby (coconut, carrot and ginger soup), Confederation, Welland, (French-Canadian fava bean soup and, traditional pea soup), Eastdale, Welland (corned beef and cabbage soup), Lakeshore Catholic, Port Colborne (minestrone), Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (Algonquin succotash soup), Notre Dame, Welland (roasted butternut squash) and a local small business, Stephanie the Lunch Lady (hometown borscht with a dollop of sour cream on the side).
Tickets for the event are $10 per person.
Ticket price has not changed since the first fundraiser 15 years ago.
Two of the participants, Notre Dame and Niagara College, are charter members, taking part in all the fundraisers.
The committee has awarded $41,050 since the event started. Almost all funds raised come from Soup’s On! with private donations accounting for a small part each year.
Of the money awarded, $38, 900 has been for the scholarships while $3,150 was allocated to three special funding requests.
The scholarship started at $300, was raised to $500 and currently stands at $1,000.
The social justice scholarship committee decides how many scholarships will be awarded based on interviews with applicants.
The scholarships are for graduating students active in and committed to social justice and charity work especially in the community, and who have solid academic achievement over their four years in high school.
Three servings are held during each Soup’s On!: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
The noon serving for the upcoming event is sold out.
Tickets for Soup’s On! are available from the parish office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m.
They are also sold before and after weekend Masses at St. Kevin: 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.