Souper Star fundraiser to support United Way campaign

The battle for Brock’s Souper Bowl trophy returns next month as part of the University’s annual employee workplace campaign for United Way Niagara.

Held Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Market Hall, the fundraising event lets attendees vote on samplings of seven soups served by Faculty Deans. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online. Thanks to generous in-kind sponsorship from Brock’s Dining Services partner Aramark Canada, all proceeds from the fundraiser will go to United Way Niagara.

“Souper Star is a highlight of the Fall Term for Brock faculty and staff. It’s a chance to gather with colleagues across campus and while also supporting our most vulnerable community members, including the approximately 75,000 people in Niagara who are struggling with food insecurity,” said Colleen Whyte (BRLS ’97), Brock’s United Way Campaign Faculty Co-Chair and Associate Professor with the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department.

Brock’s United Way Committee has set a goal to sell 200 tickets to this year’s event to help reach the 2023 campaign goal of raising $162,000.

Beyond purchasing a ticket to Souper Star, employees can set up a payroll contribution through Workday or make a one-time donation through the United Way Niagara website.

Employees who donate online through Workday by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 19 will be entered into a draw to win a $100 Campus Store gift card. Payroll contributions with no end date will be included. New donors to Brock’s United Way campaign will also be entered into a second draw to win a $100 Campus Store gift card at the end of the campaign.

The day of the event, attendees will be asked to check in at the event with their ticket and will receive a ballot to vote for their favourite soup.

Lesley Rigg, Brock President and Vice-Chancellor, will be offering opening remarks at 12:15 p.m., and the winner of this year’s Souper Bowl trophy will be announced at 12:45 p.m. by Lynn Wells, Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

To learn more about United Way Niagara, visit Brock’s United Way Campaign SharePoint site or the United Way Niagara website.

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