Hospice West Parry Sound’s 10th annual Soup for the Soul event is set for Nov 25.
Melissa Crossman, the hospice’s Executive Director, says the event has only gotten bigger and bigger over the past decade.
“It will be showcasing local restaurants. The public will have a each chance to try all the different soups and at the end of the night there will be a vote to see who won for the favorite soup and who will go home with the Tasters’ choice award,” she says.
Crossman says the annual tradition started as a very tiny event that was held in Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church and got so big they had to move it to the Bobby Orr Community Centre.
This year she says there will be a silent auction again, which was a new feature introduced last year.
“There will also be a memorial tree, so it will be a Christmas tree however, for a small donation, people can sponsor a butterfly to hang on the memorial tree. Hopefully by the time tonight is done, the tree will be covered in butterflies, and there’s a chance for people to write messages on the butterflies to their loved ones,” she says.
Crossman says all funds raised directly go to Hospice here in Parry Sound. She says the money directly funds client care, volunteer training and volunteer travel programming and community education, as well as the hospice’s social work program.
Crossman says last year’s event raised just over $5,000, a number she hopes will be surpassed this year.