January 9, 2011: Appleton Post Cresent
As winter’s grip tightens, the yearning for a hot, delicious bowl of soup grows.
The Outagamie Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its 17th annual Soup’s On fundraising event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton.
Each year, the event raises funds for the many services provided by the Outagamie Chapter, including disaster services, support and comfort for military members and their families, health and safety training and shopping and errand services for disabled and elderly residents.
The event will feature soup from 12 local restaurants: CSI/Appleton, Mark’s East Side, Grand Meridian, Butte des Morts Country Club, Michiels Fox Banquets, Flanagan’s Wine Review, Atlas Coffee Mill, Plum Hill, The Seasons, North Shore Golf Club, Zuppas and Van Abel’s. The restaurants will provide award-winning soups to attendees, who will vote for the next winner of the Ladle Award.
The event will also include cheese from Simons Specialty Cheese, desserts from Simple Simon Bakery, breads from Great Harvest Bread Co., appetizers from McCain Foods, waffle treats from Culvers Frozen Custard, chocolates from Wilmar Chocolates, an assortment of beers and gourmet sodas provided by Stone Cellar Brew Pub, wine tasting provided by Flanagan’s Wine Review and entertainment from the Patty LeClair Trio, a Lawrence University jazz trio.
“We cannot thank participating restaurants and other donors enough for continuing to support our chapter’s biggest fundraising event each year,” said Tony Gonzalez, executive director of the Outagamie Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We are so grateful to be part of a community that looks forward to getting together each year for a night of fun and food to people who need vital Red Cross services.”
The evening’s master of ceremonies will be Len Nelson from WAPL radio. Attendees will also have the chance to buy tickets for the drop raffle to win artwork, wines and other prizes or to bid in the silent auction to win jewelry, artwork and golf getaway packages.