It's 'souper' fun to raise funds for a good cause

March 07. 2018 4:14PM
Children take a turn on the dance floor during a FunFest held as part of the SouperFest fundraiser. 

FunFest participants scope out the targets in a bowling game.

CONCORD — Rundlett Middle School’s gymnasium will be transformed into a giant playhouse at 2 p.m. for FunFest Saturday.

There will be an obstacle course, face painting, spin art, mini-golf, a dance pit and more.

Hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy will be available for purchase at the event, which is hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord.

The SouperFest portion of the festivities will start at 4 p.m. in the function room. Chefs from around Concord will serve up specialty soups, including Swiss barley, Italian chestnut chickpea, hamburg, butternut squash, Russian borscht recipes, as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Along with the soups, attendees can sample artisan breads, and a selection of desserts prepared by 45 bakery chefs.

Mike Bilodeau of Strings & Things Music will provide music.

Suggested donation is $5 for ages 11 and younger and $10 for ages 12 and older.

In addition, food-safe handcrafted bowls can be purchased for $10 and up. Professional and local potters and artists, as well as students and teachers from Broken Ground School, Rundlett Middle School National Art Honor Society, Concord High School, Hopkinton High School and St. Paul’s School crafted the bowls.

Last year’s festivities raised $43,000; this year, organizers hope to raise $50,000 for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH),.

“SouperFest began as SoupFest, the brainchild ... of Mr. Jim Kinhan, and was an event of the South Congregational Church Seniors to raise a little money for some in-house efforts and to bring people together,” according to

For the fourth annual event, the CCEH was chosen to be the recipient of funds.

“Due to its growing popularity as a community gathering, a new, larger space was found at Rundlett Middle School, and (it) was expanded to include FunFest, therefore becoming ‘Souper,’” the CCEH said.
Handcrafted bowls will be on sale at this year’s SouperFest, which is raising funds to combat homelessness. 


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