Philanthropic Fun: Collections for Charity

The Salvation Army hosted the “SOUPer Bowl,” their major annual fundraising event to support the Army’s Programs and Services fighting poverty and homelessness in New Orleans. This year’s event raised over $100,000.

The evening began with a welcome reception in the Garden Terrace, illuminated by string lights, allowing guests to view the silent auction items. Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres were served. Inside the Audubon Tea Room, table decorations included kettles filled with fresh vegetables that were later brought to the Salvation Army kitchen to make a hearty soup.

A seated dinner was served which included a green salad with pecans and bites of blue cheese. This was followed by a rosemary roasted chicken served with a cauliflower mash and asparagus. Dessert was a bread pudding with hard sauce.

Welcome and introductions were given by Edward Spooner, Past Board Chair. Salvation Army Services and Programs were presented by Tim Scandurro, Incoming Board Chair. Shawanda Jefferson delivered a testimonial about her experience with A Christmas of Hope, a Salvation Army program.

The Taino Trio performed live music. The Men of the House Choir from the Household of Faith made a special presentation.

The Silent Auction of 75 items totally sold out. Prizes included a week at a Crested Bute resort, tickets to a number of sporting events, several pieces of jewelry, gift certificates from local shops Ballin’s and Yvonne LaFleur and dinner certificates from many of New Orleans’ finest restaurants.

As a favor, all guests were given a handmade ceramic soup bowl donated by Country Day and Newman art students.

Committee Co-Chairs were Charlotte Spooner and Donna Flower.

Event at a Glance

What: “SOUPer Bowl Gala,” benefiting The Salvation Army

When: Wednesday, November 6

Where: Audubon Tea Room

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 Frank and Paulette Stewart 

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Margo Phelps, Cindy Woessner and Lynn and Dick Meyers


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