The fifth annual Soup‘r Sundae, a family event sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Howard County, raised $21,000 for Grassroots. Over 450 people attended the event held at Wilde Lake High School on March 3.
Howard County General Hospital was the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors included M&T Bank, Platinum; Gold sponsors are Court Place Advisors and Rotary Club of Columbia-Patuxent, Gold; Biegel & Waller, LLC, Columbia Town Center Rotary, Ellicott City Lions Club and Koren Development Company, Inc., Silver; Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia Builders, Elaine Gossage/State Farm, General Growth Properties/The Mall in Columbia, Holly Thomas, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Jean Moon & Associates, KasCon, Rotary Club of Clarksville, Rotary Club of Elkridge, Rotary Club of Ellicott City, The Odum Real Estate Group, Pixel Workshop, and The Wendy Slaughter Team/Remax Advantage Realty, Bronze.
Restaurants providing soup included AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, Alexandra’s at Turf Valley, Coho Grill, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Honey Baked Ham Company, Iron Bridge Wine Company, Kelsey’s, LeeLynn’s, Mamma Lucia, Nor Pac Soup Co., Ranazul, T-Bonz Grille & Pub, Tersiguel’s, Victoria Gastro Pub, Waterside, and Zapata’s. Participating bakeries include Bonaparte Breads, The Breadery and Great Harvest Bread Company. Ice cream was donated by Nestle Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream.
Over 70 student volunteers helped event manager Cathy Smith.
Grassroots provides the county’s only emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis intervention services. Professional crisis counselors staff Grassroots’ 24-hour hotline; see walk-in clients in need of immediate counseling; operate the Mobile Crisis Team, which responds to community emergencies, and manage the county’s emergency shelter for homeless men, women and families.