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With standing room only, 150 attendees strolled into the aroma of 25 diverse flavors of homemade soups Saturday at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club.
The annual Soup-a-Thon and Bake Sale presented eager bellies with the opportunity to sample unlimited pots of simmering soup for $7.
Samples of everything from vegetable, tomato, fish chowders, pastas, green bean, “he-man,” chicken and rice, chicken and noodle, and more were accessible to gratify every taste bud.
“We had people come from Beverly Hills and Pine Ridge (who) brought out soup today,” said Marty Hilliard, past president of Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club.
After partakers warmed their appetites, they satisfied their sweet tooth with baked goods.
“We always run out and never have enough baked goods,” Hilliard said laughing.
As they left, attendees voted for the best pot of soup. That was no easy task.
“Oh wow, I don’t know which one to vote for, because they were all so good,” said Lisa Willark from Homosassa. “But that lobster bisque keeps talking to me.”
The Soup-a-Thon is one of many fundraisers the women host along with running a thrift shop.
“The woman’s club has been in existence since 1965, and has done these events for the last 30 or 40 years,” Hilliard said. “We maintain the public library next door to us here. It’s the only library that we know of that is still run and maintained by a woman’s club. We maintain the building and grounds of the library. The money also goes back into the community. We contribute to the two volunteer fire departments, Yankeetown School, Isaiah’s Place, just so many different places.”
From the women who greeted customers at the door to the ones ladling soups or cleaning up tables, they were happy to be there and helping their community.
“Today is just about getting the community together and tasting all of the good soups,” Hilliard said. “We have a lot of service organizations in the community and we are trying to get everyone to work together for a common cause. Our main focus is to give back to the community and help it grow.”
Chronicle reporter Eryn Worthington can be contacted at 352-563-5660, ext. 1334, or firstname.lastname@example.org.