Chenango County Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity to host first Souper Bowl
By: Shawn Magrath, Sun Staff Writer
Published in The Evening Sun: March 26th, 2012


CCHH fundraising committee.
The Habitat for Humanity fundraising committee gears up to serve the community during the first annual Souper Bowl. Pictured top row: Linda Clark, Norma Kinney, Bonnie Graves. Bottom row: Jeanie Petersen, Terri Bickford, Sandra Colton.
(Photo by Shawn Magrath)

NORWICH – Volunteers from Chenango County Habitat for Humanity have their aprons and soup ladles at hand, preparing for the organization’s newest fundraiser, the CCHH's Souper Bowl, to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on March 31 at the VFW Post on East Main Street in Norwich.

The Souper Bowl is a fundraising event that invites community members to sip on different types of soup, which will be donated by restaurants throughout the area. It’s a great way to bring the community together for a good cause in a new, one-of-a-kind way, said Terri Bickford, fundraising committee chair for Chenango County Habitat for Humanity.

“This is something that’s nice and unique,” Bickford said. “People and restaurants have both been generously donating, and it’s all going toward a good cause.”

To date, 14 restaurants have confirmed donations of various soups, from vegetable beef to deluxe seafood chowder to turkey bisque, just to name a few.

In addition, Java Joe’s and More of Norwich is donating coffee and tea, Chobani will generously provide yogurt, and La Maison Blanche Bakery along with County Court Judge Howard Sullivan have agreed to supply bread and rolls for the event.

Supporters will be able to enjoy live music performances from artists like Kevin La Due and Kaitlyn Jackson, and take part in a Chinese auction made possible by donations from Thymely Treasures and Tractor Supply, among other retailers. What’s more, 50/50 raffle tickets and bake sale items can be purchased from CCHH volunteers.

Door prizes include gift cards to Fred’s Inn and Park Place Restaurant in Norwich.
This is the first time the charity has planned such an event, Bickford explained. With no similar previous fundraisers to compare it to, it’s difficult to predict what the fundraising goal should be, she added.

“If we are able to raise $1,000, that would be great,” she said, noting the extensive support given to the organization in the past.

“People really come together,” she went on to say. “The Habitat committee has donated a lot of time ... We have a lot of volunteers willing to help out, but we could always use more, both in planning and building.”

The Souper Bowl is open to the public. Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. Admission includes all the soup you can sip, one dessert, coffee, tea, or water and a chance to vote on the top three soups of your choice.

All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s fifth build in Chenango County; ground breaking and construction on the build site is set to begin in April on Route 206 in West Bainbridge.

More information regarding the Chenango County Habitat for Humanity Souper Bowl is available on their website, or by contacting Bickford at 656-8155 or via email,

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