MADISON, Wis. — On Saturday, Feb. 4, student-athletes served soup to local families at the 21st annual Souper Bowl fundraiser, held by Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, UW-Madison Campus Chapter.
The Souper Bowl is the chapter’s biggest fundraiser, attracting thousands of community members to enjoy a meal and entertainment. Attendees can purchase a bowl of soup that comes in a hand-tossed ceramic bowl, constructed by community members and students in Dane County. All the proceeds from the event go towards the UW-Madison Habitat chapter’s construction of their 17th house this year.
“The Souper Bowl was a really fun night for all of us helping out. It’s a really special event to be a part of with the people in the community to just really give back to those in need,” said Tom Walker of the men’s rowing team.
Families also enjoyed live music from local artists, a raffle and a kids table with face painting. For the student-athletes, it was the lively atmosphere.
“It was great to see so many people from the community come out and to support an amazing cause, have some good soup, listen to live music, and take home a ceramic bowl, while helping families improve their lives,” Walker said.
This year’s Souper Bowl fundraiser raised over $27,000, exceeding last year to help the UW-Madison chapter’s construction of affordable housing in Dane County.
“We are very grateful to have the student-athletes come out and support us every year and our success can be attributed to them being here,” said Aiyzah Javaid, Event Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity UW-Madison Campus Chapter.
With the funds raised at this year’s Souper Bowl, the UW-Madison Habitat Chapter is ready to get to work and keep building houses for local families in need.