Online SOUPer Bowl Serves up Success

Congratulations to Heritage Baptist Church for nearly doubling their fundraising goal in the 15th Annual SOUPer Bowl Fundraiser, which CBM Bay Weekly reported on last week. 

Heritage Baptist Church raised $2,911 for the Light House Homeless Prevention Center, far exceeding the $1,500 goal they set for the event, despite its being held online this year amid challenging financial circumstances. 

Heritage Baptist says there was “much virtual celebration” after the tally came in—right on track with the funds usually raised by the live event, in which church members serve bowls of soup in exchange for donations to Light House. 

This year, the SOUPer Bowl featured soup recipes from local chefs, restaurants, and home cooks, available through a donation link ( The soup recipes will remain online throughout February. 

“The community really stepped up for the Light House,” said Scott Shelton, pastor at Heritage Baptist. “We have never done this as a virtual event…We expected fewer contributions due to COVID. We are blown away and tremendously thankful.”