Monday, February 11, 2013

Arkport Soup Cook-Off Breaks Fundraising Record

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ARKPORT, N.Y. — The Arkport American Legion's ninth annual soup cook-off held Jan. 27 at the Legion set a fundraising record, the Hornell Evening Tribune reported Feb. 11. 

Auxiliary member and event committee chair Crystal Henshaw said the cook-off raised $1,250, breaking last year's record of $1,000.

"This is our ninth year, and every year we've done just a little bit better each time," she told the newspaper. "Overall I think that it just shows to be a successful event if we are doing better each year."

The event has raised money for a number of causes, such as Relay for Life, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the family of the late U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Zach Smith. The funds this year benefit the Hornell Area Concern for Youth, an agency that provides free prevention, education and counseling programs for western Steuben County youths from ages 8 to19.

The agency and Arkport Legion Post 1248 teamed up with eight Alfred State College students for this year's event, the paper reported. John Albrecht, a senior human services management major at the college and an intern with the agency, said the cook-off included 27 soup varieties, ranging from New England clam chowder to Reuben.