By Ben Olson
Let’s face it, summer is dwindling fast. The autumn chill in the air makes you want to cozy up with a hot bowl of soup, doesn’t it?
Sandpoint Community Resource Center (SCRC) is hosting the inaugural SoupTember fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 23, at Farmin Park in Sandpoint.
Area restaurants will be bringing their favorite soups to be judged by those in attendance. The winner will receive the Golden Ladle Trophy and be announced best in show.
The event will feature live music, a raffle and live auction. Items to be auctioned off include a two-night stay in Seattle, a Red Electra cruiser bike, a cruise for six people on Lake Pend Oreille, a fishing charter on the lake, four rounds of gold at the Idaho Club, a private wine tasting for 10 people and two season tickets for the Festival at Sandpoint.
“We wanted to do an event to let the community know who the Resource Center is and help raise some funds so we can keep helping our great community,” said volunteer Shanna Yarbrough.
In preparation for the fundraising event, SCRC held a brainstorming committee with some of their two dozen volunteers. Someone introduced the term “SoupTember” and it stuck.
“We laugh at that, because that’s just what we’re trying to do,” said Yarbrough. “We’re to warm the community and warm each of our resource specialists, so this was kind of fitting for us.”
Sandpoint Community Resource Center is a nonprofit referral service that “bridges the gap between those in need and those who serve.” Through an extensive online database of service providers in Bonner and Boundary Counties, SCRC serves clients who access the data base or calls the office.
“We have developed some capacities to create a better informed community around services,” said Becca Orchard, volunteer in charge of operations at SCRC. “What we need are two things; volunteers to help us help those who need and also funds to maintain the system we create.”
Tickets to attend the SoupTember event are $10 each, and funds go directly to SCRC. For any questions or to inquire about volunteering, call 208-920-1840.
•Trinity at City Beach
•DISH at Dover Bay
•Loaf and Ladle
•Baxter’s on Cedar
•Spud’s Waterfront Grill
•The Pie Hut
•Winter Ridge Natural Foods
•Jalepeno’s Mexican Restaurant
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