The ninth annual Soup‘r Sundae fundraiser for Grassroots attracted over 600 attendees for an afternoon of family fun, soup prepared by area restaurants and all the ice cream you could eat, as well as a silent auction with over 250 baskets. The event raised more than $37,000.
The event was hosted by Wilde Lake High School and The Faith Community Partnership of Bethany United Methodist Church and Glen Mar United Methodist Church.
GiveStream, Howard County General Hospital and M&T Bank were the Presenting Sponsors. The Platinum Sponsors were The Howard Hughes Corporation and the Rotary Club of Columbia Town Center. Gold Sponsors included Biegel & Waller, Coastal Sunbelt Produce, Lisa Higgins Hussman and The Mall in Columbia.
Soup were provided by Aida Bistro & Wine Bar, Alexandra’s at Turf Valley, Centrer Park Grille, Chef Paolino Cafe, Clyde’s of Columbia, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Ellicott Mills Brewing Co9mpany, Honey Baked Ham Co., Iron Bridge Wine Company, Kelsey’s Restaurant, The Kings Contrivance Restaurant, LeeLynn’s, Nor Pac Soup, Ranazul, T-Bonz Grille & Pub, Tino’s Italian Bistro, Vantage House, Waterside Restaurant, White Oak Tavern and Whole Foods. Breads were provided by Rose & Pakula Food Brokers, Mission BBQ and Chef Paolino Café. Ice cream was provided by Long Gate Safeway and Cold Stone Creamery across from Arundel Mills Mall.
Over 90 volunteers from Howard County high schools helped with everything from dishing up ice cream to dancing with the young guests. Volunteers from the participating faith communities gathered and packaged silent auction items and managed the entire operation from set-up to check-out.
Cathy Smith of Jean Moon & Associates was the event manager for Soup’r Sundae for the ninth year in a row. All proceeds from the event benefit Grassroots’ 24-7 crisis intervention services and shelter programs for the homeless.