‘Souper’ turnout for Habitat fundraiser

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Clayton Stairs/Times People who came out for the event compared their favorite soups, chowders, chili and bisques.

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Souper Bowl XVI, an event for soup lovers, drew a large crowd Saturday to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County.

The event, sponsored by First Federal and SCBT, was held at Precious Blood of Christ Roman Catholic Church.

As in years past, Souper Bowl XVI featured gourmet soups donated by more than 40 restaurants, homemade breads by area bakers, and handmade bowls by area artists and local residents.

“Habitat is so fortunate to have such a dedicated committee working throughout the year to help us accomplish our mission,” said Annette Perreault, executive director.

Attendees chose from scores of donated crockery bowls and sample soups, stews, chowders, bisques and breads from restaurants from Georgetown to Murrells Inlet.

This year, Seacoast Artist Guild and Grand Strand Porcelain Art Club hand painted 400 ceramic bowls for Souper Bowl XVI.

In addition, bowls were made by students from Heather Teems’ and Sarah Wilson’s art classes at the Coastal Montessori Charter School, and from Kathy Patrick’s art class at Lowcountry Preparatory School.

Several local artists including Teems, Scott Henderson, Mary Rodamer, Woody Gruber and Roy Elmendorf either made bowls or donated artwork for the event.

The Souper Bowl was initiated in 1998 by clay artist and teacher Lori Leary and volunteer/event organizer Linda Ketron.

This year the event is co-chaired by Kathy and John Morris.

On Souper Bowl Saturday, there were scores of volunteer chair and table setters, soup ladlers, bread cutters, water bearers, ticket punchers, and pot scrubbers. Members of the Georgetown High School Junior ROTC were also on hand to help.

Last year’s Souper Bowl raised $15,000 for Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County; the goal this year was $16,000.

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