Fundraiser Scores Big

Dear editor,

Heritage Baptist’s 16th Annual SOUPer Bowl fundraiser for the Light House Homeless Prevention Center was conducted online from February 6-13 at To entice donations, nine community leaders from business, public service and the food industries shared their favorite soup recipes on the website and participants were encouraged to donate any amount to support our neighbors in need.

When the event ended, over $8,700 was raised to support the Light House. We deeply appreciate everyone who donated.

A special “thank you” to Bay Weekly and writer Kimberly Kweder for sharing information about the SOUPer Bowl in the February 10 issue. Getting the word out is critical to the success of any community event, and Bay Weekly along with Chesapeake Bay Magazine have a long history of supporting all things local.

Soup recipes from contributing chefs are still online at Click the SOUPer Bowl banner for soups from:

Delegate Shaneka Henson, Esq. (MD House of Delegates District 30A); Andrew Parks (restaurant wwner); Chef Shannon Costello (registered dietitian nutritionist, culinary coach, blogger); Tom O’Leary (owner- Chevy’s Annapolis & finalist NBC’s “Baking It” cooking show); Chef Zachary Pope (co-founder of SOUPer Bowl and noted local chef); Jared Littman (owner K&B True Value); Brian Shallcross (Bowie Baysox general manager); Alderwoman Elly Tierney (Annapolis, Ward 1); and Elvia Thompson (environmental consultant and Annapolis Green former director).

Again, thanks to the community and to Bay Weekly/Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Together we can achieve great things!

–Lea Hurt, Heritage Baptist SOUPer Bowl Coordinator