Joyce M. Johnson

The soup was on for the 370 attendees of the Good Samaritan Hunger Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year Saturday night. Guests at the Soup for the City benefit held at St. Joseph’s Family Center in Akron enjoyed not only soup, but also hors d’oeuvres, homemade breads and desserts to raise money to feed the needy in the community.

Executive Director Kit Kelly said, “We love the symbolism of the soup.” She added, “We serve three hot meals every week at different locations; if you need food you get it and last year we served 10,000 hot meals.”

The center was also celebrating its 30th year of operation. Cathy Herston chaired the event, and Patty Picard co-chaired.

Picard said, “My late husband loved to make the soup so I am continuing his work.” Brett and Liz Mongon were looking forward to meeting up with family at the event. Dave Hilkert said, “It’s an enjoyable evening and the soup is excellent.”

Patricia Howell said, “Our goal is to sample a little bit of everything.”

Kevin Tucker said he wanted to try lobster bisque.

“I like the grass-root effort of this group and the proceeds go directly to the hunger center,” added Montrella Jackson.

Others helping to plan the gala included Ellen Rabe, Brenna Herman, May Walter, and Mary Helen Wright. Mary Lou and Wayne Wachtel bid on several auction items, including the apple pie accessories.

Others spotted in the crowd included Jim and Jane Casey, Marie and Harry Covington and Jeff and Teresa Birkner.

Theresa Beyerle said, “We have so many institutions that come together to combat food insecurity in the community.”

Kamelia Fisher said, “Anything that raises awareness of these issues is a great thing.”