Souper Bowl raises funds for charter school
There weren’t enough seats for the hundreds who turned out for the fourth annual Souper Bowl at the North Lake Tahoe Conference Center, but no one seemed to mind.
This year’s Souper Bowl brought in $30,000 to $40,000 in donations for Prosser Creek Charter School and its sites, organizers for the fund-raiser said. The event brought more than 500 parents, students, teachers and friends together to eat soup and appetizers, bid for prizes in a silent auction, and watch students perform on stage.
“People had a great time,” said Melissa Mohler, Creekside campus’ site administrator and founder. “I had people from the general public – people not related to the schoolchildren – come up to me and give very positive comments.”
For its first three years, the Souper Bowl was a fund-raiser for just the Creekside campus.
“As the budget cut reality came on, I realized that Creekside had a benefit of a fund-raiser that was already established,” Mohler said.
Like years past, students decorated their own bowls before the event and picked them up on their way into the conference center. Sixth grader Jaysen Gomez was eager to talk about his bowl.
“I painted it blue because it’s my favorite color,” he said, proudly pointing to his sun design on the inside of the bowl.
Each year, Painted Rock Pottery Studio donates the bowls, glaze materials and the firing for the Souper Bowl.
The big moneymaker for the event is the silent auction. Local merchants donated more than $40,000 worth of services and merchandise for this year’s Souper Bowl.
When Mohler organized the silent auction years ago, it was the first time she had ever been involved in a silent auction. It has become her favorite part of the Souper Bowl.
“What’s fun is how the parents can contribute in their own unique way,” she said. “Some parents say, ‘Wow, I can cook, maybe I could donate a cooking class.’ Some parents donate their time-shares. It’s a really neat collaborative effort.”
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