Fundraiser to benefit humane society
By ELIZABETH GOLDEN
The 17th annual Soup'R Bowl, sponsored by Humane Society of the High Plains, will take place Sunday, serving up 14 different soups from a variety of professional and amateur chefs.
"Each chef will bring 10 gallons of soup," said Virginia Clapp, co-chairwoman of the event for the past three years. "Every customer that comes through gets a bag full of little plastic cups, a spoon, napkin and voting tickets."
Clapp said customers can taste as many soups as they would like, then vote on their favorite. The chef with the most votes receives an engraved golden ladle.
In preparation for the event, the board of directors sends out letters to numerous businesses asking for donations.
"That's where we get funding for supplies," Clapp said. "Everything we make the day of the event goes to the animals."
The majority of chefs also are sponsored by businesses in order to offset the cost of ingredients.
"Some people go without sponsors," Clapp said. "But since they have to make 10 gallons, it's quite an expense."
Sponsors this year include Hays Police Department, Henry Schwaller IV, various banks and businesses.
Aside from the soup, raffle tickets will be sold, and a silent auction will take place.
"Raffle tickets are $1 apiece," Clapp said. "We're going to have two quilts, a gift certificate to the Rose Garden Restaurant, and we're going to have cookbooks for sale."
Pictures from the Picasso Gato project also will be sold.
"Non-toxic paint was put on the feet of cats and kittens to create the pictures," Clapp said.
Clapp estimates 800 people will attend this year's event.
The Soup'R Bowl will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Schenk Building at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are available for $5 at Virginia Miller Animal Shelter, Hays Veterinary Hospital, Back to Nature or at the door.