Ro­tary Club to hold soup night for char­ity


jan­toshak@ ches­pub. com

— For the fifth straight year, the Ro­tary Club in this town will hold a soup cook- off char­ity event to ben­e­fit lo­cal food banks, and or­ga­niz­ers are ex­pect­ing its biggest turnout yet.

Ac­cord­ing to Bernie Janoson, com­mit­tee chair­man and pres­i­dent-elect of the Ro­tary Club, last year’s cook-off drew around 400 peo­ple, and the group has set a loftier goal of 500 for this year. The event’s been growing in size by about 25 per­cent every year, he said.

Tickets cost $10, and for that price a per­son can spend Thurs­day even­ing testing soups from lo­cal restau­rants and vot­ing for “the best soup of Ce­cil County.” The Ro­tary Club will divvy up the pro­ceeds be­tween three county or­ga­ni­za­tions: St. Mary Anne’s Epis­co­pal Church Out­reach, the Ray of Hope Food Pantry and Ni­canor, Inc.

Janoson added that be­cause of this growth, its awards are be­com­ing a bit more cov­eted. Ticket hold­ers vote for three cat­e­gories in­clud­ing best dec­o­ra­tion, best pre­sen­ta­tion and, most im­por­tantly, best tast­ing.

“It is some­thing that the restau­rants have come to re­ally look for­ward to,” Janoson said. “It’s bragging rights.”

Ten restau­rants will par­tic­i­pate this year, in­clud­ing Mar­ket Street Cafe, Con­nie’s Mar­ket and the new Sta­tion 26. UnWined will re­turn to the cook- off look­ing to de­fend the ti­tle it won last year.

Janoson de­clined to say how much money the event raised last year, be­cause he wor­ried it would set an ex­pec­ta­tion for the or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing money this year. But, he said, what­ever’s left of ticket sales af­ter ac­count­ing for ad­ver­tis­ing and or­ga­niz­ing goes to the char­i­ties.

The soup cook- off will take place from 4 to 8 p. m. Thurs­day at the Ce­cil County Me­mo­rial VFW Post 6027 at 815 Tur­key Point Rd., North East. Tickets cost $ 10.


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