By Linda Dillman
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams take to the field on Feb. 13 for the NFL’s 56th annual Super Bowl, but a SOUPer Bowl of a more important kind takes place earlier in the day.
The 11th annual Canal Winchester Human Services’ SOUPer Bowl precedes pigskin play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 80 Covenant Way, Canal Winchester. It offers a hot meal and a work of art in exchange for a donation that assists Human Services operations in taking care of those in need in the community at large.
Handmade ceramic bowls are filled with a choice of homemade soup. Once the soup is gone, the bowls can be taken home as a remembrance of the event that can be used repeatedly.
The Wood Foundation will match all donations.
“The Wood Foundation has blessed us with this match and it is in honor of their mother Peggy L. Wood,” said Aletha Mullins, Canal Winchester Human Services executive director, who said the community is heavily involved with the SOUPer Bowl. “The high school students make bowls for us, the middle school does banners and posters, and Indian Trail will make placemats for the tables. We have several volunteers to work the event and lots of preparation before the event. The Obert Family, Jill Amos and family, and scouts from Troop 103 help set up and tear down.”
In addition to soup, homemade cake is available for dessert. The fundraiser also includes a bake sale and silent auction with gift baskets, gift cards for services, and tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game.
“The SOUPer Bowl is very important to us as it raises funds for our operational cost,” Mullins said. “It helps to keep us in our building where we administer all of our programs. This year we have a local foundation to match every donation that comes in that day. We will also have a live feed for those who cannot come out and be here in person. They will also be able to call and bid on items as well. Check out our website or Facebook page for the event information.”