The funds raised at Wednesday’s 11th annual Soups for Shelter will help Delaware County Habitat for Humanity break ground on its 47th home in May. All the homes are special, but there’s a particular urgency to build this one.
“Our next home will be built in partnership with a family of six, who, due to unforeseen circumstances, have been living in the basement of their pastor’s home for over a year,” said Executive Director Todd Miller.
It costs $80,000 to build a Habitat home, Miller said, and the annual fundraiser raised a little more than $10,000 last year. “We’re really hoping to do the same and more this year.”
Soups for Shelter takes place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the St. Mary School Commons, 66 E. William St. Admission is $15 for homemade soup, bread, dessert, beverage and a handmade ceramic bowl; or $10 without the bowl; and free for children 12 and under.
“It’s very much a community-supported event. It’s our largest fundraiser,” said Eileen Watts, Habitat board member and soup committee chair. “One hundred percent of all donations go directly to building new homes.”
Most of the estimated 450-500 people who attend are expected to take home a bowl, Watts said. More than 400 bowls were thrown for the event by students at Ohio Wesleyan University, Columbus College of Art and Design, Big Walnut High School, Buckeye Valley High School, Delaware Hayes High School, all three Olentangy Local high schools, Village Academy and the Delaware Arts Castle.
“A lot of them like to pick out the bowls that look like high-quality ceramic bowls, and others like to choose the zany ones,” Miller said.
As for the soup, last year there was a dozen varieties, ranging from cream-based bisque to clear broth and vegetarian choices. You can also get the soup as carryout, Watts said. Many area eateries and grocers donated the food, including 1808 American Bistro, Amato’s, Beehive Bread Co., Bob Evans, Bun’s, Delaware County Community Market, Easy Street Cafe, Giant Eagle, Hamburger Inn, Kroger, Liberty Tavern, Local Roots, Roop Brothers, Tavern 42, Warehouse Italian Dinners and Willow Brook Christian Village’s Courtyard Restaurant.
Watts said more than 40 volunteers will work at Soups for Shelter.
In addition to the bowls and the meal, there will be a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction that includes articles such as Columbus Blue Jackets tickets, gift certificates and a football signed by Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer.
Miller said the sponsors for the event are Big Lots, Delaware County Bank, Fidelity Federal, OhioHealth Marion and Richwood Banking Company.
“I am really excited by how much this event has grown over the years,” Miller said. “I think the community has really embraced it. It gets better every year.”
For more information, call 740-363-9950, ext. 222.