Mackle Park found a steady stream of hungry guests on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, making the first ever Souper Bowl Marco fundraiser a resounding success. The event was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee with proceeds bound for college scholarships for local students.
Bowls were painted and glazed by 800 children and fired by the Clay Guild at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. “Children were so excited, they wanted to be sure they had an opportunity to pick the bowl they designed, so we opened up to ‘presales’ Friday night before the event on Saturday,” said Desiree Buhelos, chairman of the Education Committee. “We thought we might have a winning program here when presales brought in $1500.” Donna Niemczyk of the Chamber of Commerce was pleased by the big response, “It’s all for the kids!”
Participating restaurants donated their time, talent and scrumptious SOUPS! AMI Kids-Big Cypress Culinary School, Bistro Soleil, CJ’s on the Bay, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, Kretch’s, the Marriott Marco Island Resort and Spa, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Guy and Lisa’s Philly Grille, Red Rooster and The Catch were on hand to fill the bowls. Be sure to visit them and thank them for their generosity for our future college graduates!
The Marco Island Historical Society provided historical re-enactors and Island Automotive brought in the MIHS antique car. Artists Carolyn Burger, Betty Newman, Tara O’Neill, Joann Sanborn, Karen Swanker, Malenda Trick, artists from the Clay Guild and even Katie O’Hara of the Chamber of Commerce painted bowls which were sold at auction. Steve Reynolds of Island Paradise provided the DJ services. Mackle Park donated the venue. Desiree commented, “It took a lot of volunteer hours and a lot of generosity by committee members and the Chamber of Commerce to pull this together. I can’t thank them enough.”