Habitat for Humanity volunteers, right, help Souper Bowl attendees find a hand-crafted bowl of their own during the event at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.
The 15th annual Souper Bowl at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church in Pawleys Island, which featured soups, chowders and chili from dozens of local restaurants, was a huge success, organizers say.
During the event that benefits Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County, tables were packed with people sampling the delectable variety of soups dished out by more than 100 volunteers.
Annette Perreault, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate, said proceeds exceeded this year’s goal of $15,000, which has been the case the last three years.
“We were able to make our goal because of the support from our main sponsor SB&T, the participation of our volunteers and more than 300 attendees,” Perreault said. “For that we are extremely grateful to everyone.”
She added that the turnout for the event was “fantastic.”
“The community response was wonderful,” Perreault said. “We were thrilled with the number of people who were able to attend.”
Co-chairs for the Souper Bowl event, John and Cathy Morris, agreed.
“We were very happy with the turnout,” John Morris said. “We even added some tables because there were more people than we anticipated.”
Cathy Morris said it was “a good, strong community event.”
Portions of the proceeds will help support Habitat’s apostle build, which involves area churches, and the Youth United build, which will be directed by local students.
The apostle build is an annual project that is funded and supported in part by at least 12 area churches.
That house, located on Gilbert Street in the West End section of Georgetown, is already about halfway finished, Perreault said.
The Youth United build is a new project that allows local students to take a leadership role for the build.
A panel of students, with help from an adult panel, are responsible for planning, raising funds (including writing grants) and directing the build.
The house will be built on a lot on Church Street in Georgetown, across from the J.B. Beck Administration Building.
“We picked that lot because we wanted school administrators and parents to understand what an incredible power our young people have and the amazing things they can do,” Perreault said.
“It is humbling to know what our young people can accomplish when they have mentoring and can channel their efforts in a positive way.”
‘A hand up’
Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian-based organization that gives low-income working families a chance to contribute to society, because it builds simple, decent homes in decent communities which encourage the development of productive citizens, according to their website.
Officials with Habitat for Humanity state that the help they give new homeowners is a “hand up, not a hand out.”
Habitat for Humanity’s simple homes are built with mostly volunteer labor at an average cost of $70,000.
They are sold to Habitat families with a 25 to 30 year, no-interest, no-profit mortgage.
The mortgage payments go back into a revolving fund for building additional homes.
Financial support also comes from caring individuals, businesses, religious and civic organizations and foundations, as well as from the Habitat ReStore.
For more information about the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, call 546-5685, or visit www.habitatgeorgetown.com.
By Clayton Stairs
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