ELKO — You can’t have a Souper Bowl without a little competition.
More than 30 businesses and organizations entered soups for Horizon Hospice’s seventh annual Souper Bowl Friday evening at the Elko Convention Center.
“The number of businesses and table sponsors has gone up each year,” said Billie Jean Crawford, director of Horizon Hospice. “It’s phenomenal. We have the most generous community. It’s overwhelming.”
Horizon Hospice is a nonprofit organization that offers in-home care to the terminally ill in Elko County. The organizations also offers peer support for family members struggling with the death of a loved one.
The Souper Bowl raised approximately $60,000 for the organization — exceeding Crawford’s expectations.
“Our goal was $45-$50,000,” she said. “We superseded our goal.”
Horizon Hospice sold 335 tickets for the event at $50 per person.
“The community support is amazing,” volunteer Cindy Engeseth said. “All the soups are donated and then it becomes a competition (between the businesses).”
The event included a raffle, a silent auction, and musical performances by Troy Eden and David Lockie.
Crawford bestowed several Horizon Hospice awards as the event concluded.
Barrick Gold of North America received the “Corporation of the Year” award; Newmont Mining Corp. received the “Heart of Hospice” award; Lisa Eriksen was given the direct-care volunteer award and Bob Morris received the award for indirect-care volunteer; Llee and Jill Chapman were named “Person(s) of the Year;” and the Horizon Center Volunteer award went to Gene and Sidney Russell.
High Mark Construction won first place in the “Best Soup” category. Machi’s and “Cindy @ Sysco” tied for second place.