Soup Sunday: Mid-South restaurants serve up tasty soups for a great cause - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Soup Sunday: Mid-South restaurants serve up tasty soups for a great cause

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Dozens of Mid-South restaurants cooked up an all-star lineup of delicious soups for the annual Soup Sunday at the FedEx Forum.

The tasty event raised money for Youth Villages, a non-profit organization that helps troubled children and their families.

"There's counseling, there's mentoring, there's transitional living, there's an adoption program," said Youth Villages Chairman Mike Bruns.

Hundreds of Mid-Southerners showed up to eat all the soup they wanted while enjoying the sounds of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Dozens of area restaurants showcased their best soups and desserts to raise funds that will help make a difference in the lives of area youngsters.

Danny Sumrall, owner of The Half Shell Restaurant, helped start the event 20 years ago.

"And you know, it's a comming together of this restaurant community and a super, worthwhile charity in Youth Villages," he said.

Children of Youth Villages also participated, and several said the organization has had a major impact on their lives.

"Teaching me how to grow up and be a man," young Derell said.

Rafferety's potato-bacon soup was the voters' choice for best soup. 

But soup lovers said all of the restaurants that participated are winners. 

Organizers said this year's Soup Sunday event raised $75,000 to benefit Youth Villages - about the same amount they pulled in last year. Fortunately, the economic crisis hasn't taken a toll on such a worthy cause.

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