Opportunity House announces the kick-off of its 40th year with Souper Bowl 2024 on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s celebration will be hosted at Penn State Berks Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center, promising a fresh and exciting experience for attendees.
Stacy Perlaki, Director of Development at Opportunity House, said, “As we enter our 40th year, we are overwhelmed by the support from the community. Souper Bowl 2024 has become a cherished tradition, and this year’s sold-out status at our new location is a testament to the enduring spirit of generosity in Berks County.” All proceeds from the event benefit the programs and services provided by Opportunity House.
Guests sample a diverse array of soups from nearly 30 restaurants in Berks County and choose a unique pottery bowl created by students from local school districts, including Oley Valley, Hamburg, Schuylkill Valley, Kutztown HS, Kutztown University, Wilson, Wyomissing, Exeter, and Goggleworks. The Silent Auction features handcrafted bowls by local artists, providing attendees with the opportunity to take home a piece by Berks County artists. The evening ends with the crowning of the People Choice Award winner and the Chef’s Choice Award.
Opportunity House in Reading, PA, provides emergency shelter for over 500 men, women, families, children, and veterans each year. They offer life skills training and case management to help those experiencing homelessness attain stable housing. Opportunity House provides supportive permanent housing programs to over 70 individuals and families. The Second Street Learning Center offers Keystone 4 Star quality daycare to over 200 children each year, emphasizing early childhood education in a nurturing environment.
Additionally, the Reuse & Recycle Program at Opportunity House diverts over 1 million pounds of waste from landfills. This program not only contributes to environmental sustainability but also provides affordable clothing and housewares through its retail thrift store, OppShop.