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Thank you to all who took part in our Soup-A-Thon fundraiser

To the editor,
On last Sunday's wintry night, one hundred and seventy hardy and soup- loving souls joined Hands Across the Table cooks and servers for our Second Annual Soup-A-Thon Fundraiser. The HATT Board of Directors is grateful for the outstanding support of our program. Hands Across the Table feeds the hungry in body or spirit.
The fundraiser was held at St. James Episcopal Church. Ten soups were offered by Temple B'nai Israel, Laconia Unitarian Universalists, St Andre Bessette parish, St James Episcopal, the HATT Board of Directors, and the Lobster Pound and Christmas Island restaurants. Three silver soup ladles were awarded: first prize went to Lou Gaynor, HATT chef, for his succulent clam chowder; second prize to Irene Gordon, Temple B'nai Israel, for her famous matzo ball soup, and third prize to Fr. Mark Drouin, St Andre Bessette Parish, for his very special vegetable soup.
Jim Goren of JB Scoops donated ice cream and toppings to accompany cookies homemade by the HATT Board of Directors. He also ran the supplementary auction and entertained the patient crowd that waited for the second seating necessary because of the great attendance.
The River Crew Art Group kindly displayed their paintings, sculpture, and photography. Created by some of our homeless Laconia neighbors, the artwork is poignant, creative, and not to be missed. We thank them for their generosity and community spirit.
We were able to publicize our event through courtesy of the Laconia Sun, Laconia Citizen, weekly newspapers and local radio stations. A special thanks to Elaine Hirshan at the Laconia Sun and Alan Harrison of WEZS. Open Arms generously provided breads and vegetables and Kris Roberts of Whittemore Florist donated dozens of eggs.
Thank you, thank you to everyone who took part in the Soup-a-thon fundraiser. We were so successful that we have already procured a larger venue for next year; all will be seated and served at the same time — no lines! The monies raised last Sunday will ensure that our hands continue to reach across the table each Tuesday night, 5 p.m., at St James Episcopal Church.
Irene Gordon & Ginger Wells-Kay
Hands Across the Table
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