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Rainier Souper Supper offers feel-good feast

Homemade soups, cake at Oct. 11 charity dinner


The annual Souper Supper at Rainier United Methodist Church will mark its 20th year Friday, Oct. 11.

The dinner is a joint effort between church volunteers, who provide homemade soups for the meal, and the United Way of Columbia County, which contributes apple cake for dessert.

“This is a great time to come and support your community and have nice, fresh, homemade soup,” said Kathye Beck, executive director of the United Way of Columbia County.

The flier for the event bills chicken noodle soup, clam chowder, fruit soup, lentil soup and taco soup among the soups that will be prepared this year.

“You can try every soup on the menu — you want to get there early if you want to try every soup on the menu,” Beck said. “The five that are on the flyer are pretty standard, and occasionally somebody throws in something new.”

Attendees are asked to make a contribution to support the United Way and the First Methodist Benevolence Fund, which aids individuals in need. Beck said there is no recommended donation.

“We know that we have some seniors that really don’t have a lot of money,” said Beck. “We just ask people to donate whatever they think they can afford, and we’re not going to turn them away.”

The United Way will also be selling $20 raffle tickets for a diamond tennis bracelet, which Beck said was donated anonymously and has been appraised at more than $1,500, at the event.

The raffle drawing is set for Dec. 2, in time for the holiday season, Beck said.