Soup Bowl II raises funds for local senior programs and scholarship

By on February 4, 2019
Volunteers (l-r):  Jennifer Sheldon, Barb Grady, Sal Sciremammano, and Karen Keck ready to serve “tasters.”

Volunteers (l-r): Jennifer Sheldon, Barb Grady, Sal Sciremammano, and Karen Keck ready to serve “tasters.”

With outdoor temperatures in the teens, it took an impressive combination of 40 community volunteers and over 120 individuals “tasting” hot soups donated by 12 eateries to make the second annual Soup Bowl a success.

The fundraising event, sponsored by the Sweden Senior Association, Inc. (SSAI), was held at the Sweden-Clarkson Recreation Center on Saturday, January 26. On-site volunteers ladled a large variety of soups from the following restaurants — each contributing 2 gallons of soup: Abe’s, Spencerport (Stuffed Pepper); Brockport Diner (New England Clam Chowder); Custom House, Brockport (Homemade Chicken Noodle); 58 Main/BBQ and Brew, Brockport (Creamy Tomato Tortellini); Farmer’s Table, Hamlin (Five Mushroom); Golden Eagle, Sweden (Chicken Pasta); Java Junction, Brockport (Brazilian Bean Soup); Jimmy Z’s, Brockport (Chili); Piccolo Fazools Bistro, Brockport (Chicken Pastina); Red Bird Café, Brockport (Tuscan White Bean w/meat); The Millhouse, Clarkson (Lemon Chicken Rice Soup); Two Brothers, Sweden (Beef Barley).

Ninety-one ticket holders voted for their favorite soup. The Farmer’s Table received the most votes followed by Java Junction. Abe’s and 58 Main/BBQ and Brew tied for third place.

Other lunchtime meal donors included:  Brightly Farms (one bushel of apples), Coleen’s Kitchen (homemade muffins) and Heritage Farm, Carina Sawyer (homemade bread).

Donors of the 2019 Soup Bowl.

Donors of the 2019 Soup Bowl.

Those attending Soup Bowl II also browsed the exhibits set up in the hallways displaying the handiwork of the SSAI quilters, Brockport Dresses for Girls Around the World program, and the knitters. A bake sale and basket raffle enticed the lunch crowd and the youngsters and families attending the youth basketball tournament in the adjacent gymnasium.

The SSAI proceeds will help support an annual scholarship to a Brockport High School senior, and benefit member programs that help those in need at area hospitals, battered women’s shelters, nursing homes, foreign countries, and the local clothing shelf.

The 2019 Soup Bowl chair and SSAI treasurer, Roz Smith said, “I want to thank our generous community and the SSAI members, Betty Coopenberg, President, Joan Lavell, Vice-President, Secretary, Barb Grady, and  Andrea Perry, Volunteer Coordinator, as well as Joyce Henion, baked food coordinator, for all their hard work.  Additional thanks to Bob Coopenberg, kitchen supervisor, Sweden-Clarkson Recreation Assistant, Joe Kincaid, and the countless others whose fine efforts made this such a warm community event.”

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