Soup A Success!
by Jonathon Smith – The Signal
Hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley business and community leaders showed up Saturday night for some good soup at Bridge to Home’s third annual Soup for the Soul fundraiser at the Savia Community Center in Newhall.
Diners who attended had their choice of several different soups as well as hors d’oeuvres. Those who attended also enjoyed entertainment and had a chance to participate in a silent auction.
Money raised at the event went to benefit Bridge to Home, which operates Santa Clarita Valley’s homeless shelter and other homeless programs, said Gary Choppe, one of the organization’s board directors. It’s the organization’s biggest fundraiser each year, he said.
The event held Saturday also served as a way to bring awareness of homelessness in the community.
“People have a hard time believing that there’s homelessness here in ‘Awesometown,’” said Tim Davis, the shelter’s executive director.
The shelter opened Monday, earlier than normal due to El Nino weather, said Annette Guzman, the shelter’s deputy executive director. The shelter is expected to stay open until March, she said.
Choppe said it takes about $3,000 a day to run the shelter.
Officials said they raised about $40,000 from Saturday’s event.