Clam chowder can be a divisive subject. Not everyone likes it, but those who do, like it a lot. That fondness won out Tuesday, as clam chowder earned a win for human kinetics in the Great Faculty Soup-off, a fundraising lunch for the United Way.
The event offered diners samples of eight soups, one served by each academic faculty, for a contribution of $8 to the charity. Patrons supped and sipped before voting for their favourites.
Doris Liu, a master’s student in education, said she found the timing propitious.
“The soup is warm for the winter, it’s a good meal for students heading into finals, and knowing it’s for charity sets the atmosphere for the holidays,” she said as she tried a cup of beef barley.
Sheri Lowrie, co-chair of the United Way campus campaign, announced that with a total of almost $93,000 in pledges before counting retiree supporters or Tuesday’s proceeds, donations will almost certainly top the $100,000 mark.
A prize draw for employee contributors handed out:
- a six-month campus parking pass to Sarah Cats;
- a one-year membership to the Forge Fitness Centre to Theresa Whelan;
- three-play subscriptions to University Players to Nancy McNevin and Laura Mclean;
- tickets to a School of Creative Arts concert to Laurie Soulliere; and
- an extra day’s vacation to Marnie Kuhn.
Kuhn said the prize was an unexpected bonus.
“The United Way is a terrific organization that does so much good in our community,” she said. “I’m happy to support it.”
Learn more about the United Way on the website for its campus campaign.