Soup’s On fundraiser set for Feb. 17

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Chatham-Kent’s second annual Soup’s On charity fundraising event will once again be conducted at the Spirit and Life Centre in downtown Chatham on Feb. 17.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Catholic Women’s Leagues and the Knights of Columbus Councils within the Chatham Catholic Family of Parishes are again hosting this family-friendly event. This year’s charities of choice to receive proceeds from the event are Chatham Hope Haven and the Salvation Army Chatham – Kent Ministries.

The inaugural year for Soup’s On raised more than $8,100 for Chatham Hope Haven.

Chatham Hope Haven has a goal to raise funds and awareness of the needs of the homeless refuge. They opened in late 2017 and have an average of eight men sleeping safely, inside, seven days a week.

They have served more than 200 different homeless men over these two years

The Salvation Army Chatham – Kent Ministries, has given emergency assistance to families, single men and women and youth in the communities of Chatham-Kent for 130 years.

Over the past year they help more than 8,500 people who needed emergency assistance.

All the donations will go directly to Giving Hope Today for people experiencing challenges whether it is homelessness, food, shelter or utilities along with many other emergency needs.

Soup’s On will feature a wide variety of professionally prepared soups donated from local restaurants including Hungry Man, Dutch Market, Links of Kent, Rossini’s Restaurant, Crabby Joe’s, Satellite Restaurant, Kelsey’s, Central Tavern and many others.

This is a kid-friendly event offering face painting for children and includes live music entertainment from Mark and the Boys.

The event will also feature local celebrity servers.

Tours of Chatham Hope Haven will also be conducted so that if folks have not had a chance to see the refuge, they can do so before or after lunch.

Free hot chocolate and coffee will be served at the Haven, at 183 Wellington St. W. and a free draw will take place as well.

There will be a free will offering at the door; charitable receipts are available on site for donations $20 and over.

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