Atlantic Christian to host soup-tasting fundraiser

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Atlantic Christian School holds its Bowls of Hope soup tasting benefit 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the school gymnasium.

More than 16 local restaurants are donating soups. The proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will support Atlantic Christian School and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Cans of soup and other nonperishables are being collected to donate to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch.

By purchasing a ticket, attendees can sample a variety of hot soups and vote for their favorite soup, with the winning restaurant receiving the coveted “Golden Spoon Award.”

Chef Joseph Massaglia, host of the Saturday morning “Table for Two” radio show on WOND 1400 AM, will serve in his second year as an honorary judge, selecting his favorite soup to receive the “Souper Soup Award.”

Attendees will also enjoy fresh rolls donated by Formica Brothers Bakery, live music and a silent auction.

“One of the important lessons we teach our students is to be ready to share God’s love with others through our words and actions,” said Chief School Administrator Karen Oblen. “We look forward to being able to bless the needy in our community by sharing the proceeds from Bowls of Hope with the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and donating canned soup to the Community FoodBank of NJ.”

Five businesses are supporting Bowls of Hope as sponsors; B.F. Mazzeo Fruits & Produce, Clayton's Self Storage, JR’s Fresh Market, the Philadelphia Mills and Sturdy Savings Bank. The Bowls of Hope participating chefs and/or restaurants will include: Academy of Culinary Arts; Brick House Pub and Grille; Café 80 West; Chickie’s & Pete’s; Gregory’s; JR’s Fresh Market; La PizzaTega; O’Donnell’s Pour House; Romanelli’s Garden Café; Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Sadia’s Tea & Coffee; Sal’s Coal Fired Pizza; Sofia Restaurant; Steve & Cookies By the Bay; Towne & Country Café; The Windjammer Diner, Bar, Grille.

Atlantic Christian School High School students are selling Bowls of Hope tickets and running the canned food drive and will volunteer that night as soup servers, greeters and more. This will be Atlantic Christian’s fifth Bowls of Hope event, with the first being held in 2013 to benefit local charities involved in Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children ages 6-10. To purchase a ticket, call 609-653-1199 or go see acseht.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

For information, contact Jessica Martin at 609-653-1199, ext. 314, and check Atlantic Christian School’s Facebook page for the latest news and Bowls of Hope updates.

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