SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Samaritan Center hosted the 20th annual Soup Bowl Open at The Links of Erie Village.
The event serves as a fundraiser to support the efforts of the Samaritan Center in providing meals for the hungry. The Samaritan Center is a local soup kitchen that serves meals on a daily basis, offering two meals on weekdays and one meal on weekends.
Nori Gartner-Baca, the events and communications specialist explains that events like the Soup Bowl Open are attractive to people because they allow individuals to contribute to a good cause while engaging in activities they enjoy.
“I think it’s a great way for people to get involved doing something that they love, while also making a difference because they know every dollar that they spend here is going to help people in need, going to help someone hungry have a meal that day,” said Gartner-Baca.
In a unique collaboration, the Syracuse University football players were actively participating in the Soup Bowl Open through the Athletes Who Care Program. Despite their busy practice schedules, the players have dedicated time to assist with the event. Gartner-Baca says they are involved in various aspects of the event.
“Practice just started so it’s a wonderful gift that they were able to get the day off and come, everyone’s really excited that they’re here but they’re helping us too, they’re helping on all the holes. They’re helping us move stuff around and setting up the carts,” said Gartner-Baca.
With the tournament wrapping up, the Samaritan Center is continuously seeking donations. If you wish to contribute, visit samcenter.org.