Proceeds from the sixth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off will go toward renovations at the Prairie Arts Center in North Platte. The cook-off is scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. on April 7.
The venue has changed. The event will be at the arts center, at Fifth and Jeffers streets, as opposed to the Quality Inn and Suites, where it was previously.
North Platte Community College's Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
"This year, we chose to donate proceeds to the arts center because of the close connection NPCC has to the center (the college's 3-D classes are in the arts center basement) and because the arts center is still in need of donations for its renovations," said Augie Sanchez, NPCC assistant director of housing and student activities. "Student Senate would like to be part of that process and to promote the center to the community. Additionally, because donations will be going to the center, it's only fitting that we have the event there."
Wava Best, building chairwoman and member of The Creativity Unlimited Arts Council, which is spearheading the arts center renovations, said the council is thankful for NPCC's support.
"We greatly appreciate it," said Best. "We look forward to a large turnout to sample the many soups and to give the community a chance to see the progress we have made. Every dollar raised will put us closer to our goal of getting the second floor completed."
Those who attend the event will be given two tickets, which they can use to vote for their favorite soup and booth.
Teams will compete for the titles of "Best Soup" and "Best Décor." Winners will receive pottery created by Best, in addition to bragging rights.
While sampling the soup, guests will be able to browse and bid on approximately 132 soup bowls created by Dik Haneline's students. Haneline is an art instructor at NPCC.
The soup bowls will be sold via silent auction. Bidding can begin when the bowls are put out for display at the arts center March 30. However, bidders must be present at the end of the auction, during the Souper Bowl, to win.
The cook-off is open to the public. Admission is $5 at the door.
"Last year, the Souper Bowl raised about $950," said Sanchez. "This year, we hope to make about $1,250."
About the Prairie Arts Center
The Prairie Arts Center is located in a building that once housed North Platte Community College. Prior to that, it was the 1913 Post Office and Federal Building.
Renovations are underway to restore the Italian Renaissance-style structure to its former glory. Once finished, the entire building will provide a venue for special exhibits, chamber music performances, classes and community events.
The basement level is currently being used for NPCC's 3-dimensional art classes, including clay, metal, wood, textiles, cement, plaster and cold-cast bronze.
A gallery and gift shop on the first floor are also now open. Remodeling of the second floor has begun.