Photo submitted – That Little Place on Main was the winner of the 2019 Soupfest contest during Christmas in Little Falls.

by Dave Warner

The popular Soupfest, which returned to the Christmas in Little Falls’ menu after a one-year absence, was able to raise a record amount for local area charities.

The event was held on Saturday the 14th from 11 am until 2 pm. Tickets were available for $10 each at participating businesses, and there were five ‘secret’ judges who decided the outcome of the contest.

According to Marica Bellico-Brodock, one of the organizers of Soupfest from Think Local Little Falls, “We had ten businesses participating and we raised a record $,1,605.00 for charity. This year, the Little Falls Family YMCA and Think Local committee took it over and we were able to raise this amount. It was very exciting.”

“Every business picked a charity that they wanted to donate to and the money will be split evenly to the charities, with the winner, That Little Place on Main, getting an additional $50 for their charity, which is being donated by Think Local,” she stated.

Each business that participated made their own soup, and there wasn’t any profit in their effort. “It was just a great charity event,” said Bellico-Brodock.

The businesses that were participating and their associated charities were:
The Cafe at Stone Mill – Garlic tomato basil (Dolgeville Forward, Inc), Canal Side Inn – New England Clam Chowder (Dolgeville Forward, Inc), Travelodge – Italian Wedding (Food Pantry), The Little Place on Main- Sausage Riggie (Micah Hope Christmas Program), Episcopal Church – Butternut Squash (Emmanuel Episcopal Church Thrift Store), Ruggiero’s Trattoria – Holiday Harvest (Lilah’s Foster Home), Italian Feast- Italian Sausage and Potatoes (Pause 4 All Paws), American Legion – Stuffed Pepper
(Special Operations Warrior Foundation), Elks- Pasta e Fagioli (Elks National Foundation), and the Polish Club – Golumpki (Project Linus).

Think Local Little Falls provided the tickets and signage for the event and Christmas in Little Falls provided the 4 oz. containers and spoons.

Christmas in Little Falls Festival Chair Christine Van Meter announced that this year’s event raised and distributed a total of over $2,100 to local and regional not for profit organizations through the Soup Fest and Charity Waiters Race.

Those agencies and programs selected by local business participants to receive support to assist their mission included Dolgeville Forward, Little Falls Community Outreach Micah Hope Christmas Program, Elks National Foundation, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Thrift Store, Little Falls Area Food Pantry, Lilah’s Foster House, Pause 4 All Paws, Project Linus, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Albany Medical Center NICU, Ronald McDonald House, Herkimer County Humane Society, and The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Project.

Van Meter expressed her thanks to all local businesses, participants and volunteers for making this year’s event a huge success.

Christmas in Little Falls is sponsored by the Little Falls Family YMCA and The City of Little Falls Tourism Committee.