Support the United Way tonight

Residents can enjoy an event tonight that has become an area tradition – and help a wide array of community organizations as well. Tonight marks the 19th year the Soup’r Chili Challenge will be held in Delta County. The annual September event is being held at the Ruth Butler Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds from 5 to 7 p.m.

For the price of admission, you will get to sample a wide variety of chili and soups, along with free drinks and ice cream.

More importantly, you will be helping to support a worthwhile organization with the mission of giving back to the community. The Soup’r Chili Challenge is a fundraiser for the United Way of Delta County. The organization’s goal is to make Delta County a better place to live. To accomplish that, the United Way provides funds to a variety of organizations in the community. They include: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter, American Red Cross, Superior U.P. Chapter, Bay Cliff Health Camp, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula, Child & Family Services of the U.P., Community Action Agency, Delta-Schoolcraft Great Start, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Lakestate Industries, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan, Tri-County Safe Harbor and Welcome Newborns.

Chances are one of these organizations has touched your life or the life of someone you know. Residents can support them by supporting the United Way.

The Soup’r Chili Challenge has a long history here. Originally, only chili was served (soup was added in later years). It’s popularity also prompted the event to move to the Ruth Butler Building because more space was needed. The core of the event, though, is it is the kick-off for the United Way of Delta County’s annual campaign.

Admission is $20 for families, $10 for persons 13 years of age and older, $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12, and free for children 5 and under.

The United Way needs your support. Taking part in the Soup’r Chili Challenge not only helps the United Way help the community, it’s a great way to have a fun evening.