ASHEBORO — What happens when you pour 35 gallons of soup into dozens of handcrafted pottery bowls? A successful Soup’s On Benefit for community service organizations.


The second annual Soup’s On was held last Saturday, March 10, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Church Street in Asheboro. The event is organized by Randolph Christian Men, according to Gary King, a member of the group.


Various flavors of soups — such as chicken noodle, taco, vegetable beef, and broccoli and cheese — were donated by America’s Roadhouse, Dixie III and Chik-fil-A restaurants as well as Johnny Covington and Steve and Gail Beane. Some 30 desserts were provided by area churches.


The bowls were produced and donated by 10 area potters, each of whom provided at least 10 of their creations for a total of more than 300. Diners received not only soup but the bowl it was served in.


“Celebrities” served the soup, including Asheboro Mayor David Smith, District Court Judge Scott Etheridge, Michael Trogdon of Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and Randolph County District Attorney Andy Gregson.


King said 294 soup tickets were sold and most all the soup was consumed.


Augmenting the soup sale was a silent auction. Some 130 businesses and individuals donated 260 items for the public to bid on. Of those items, inmates from the Asheboro Correctional Facility chipped in more than 50 mostly handmade articles.


Overall, the event raised nearly $10,000 for agencies such as Christians United Outreach Center and Our Daily Bread. A portion will be used for a Randolph Christian Men’s revival later this year and for other projects.


“Every dollar goes to help someone,” King said of the net proceeds.


“We would like to personally thank the community for supporting this project,” King said. That includes those who donated items and time to the event. “We had a wonderful team that worked diligently on the project,” including youth groups from First Baptist and Cross Road Baptist churches.


About Randolph Christian Men


“Randolph Christian Men is a group from about 45 churches that meets once a month at different churches,” King said. All denominations are represented, he added, and the number of men attending ranges from some 80 to upwards of 150.


“We enjoy the fellowship of meeting with other churches,” he said.


A meeting includes a meal served by the hosting church, guest musicians and a motivational speaker. The group is in its ninth year of existence and Chuck Powers is the current chair.


Randolph Christian Men, King said, sponsors Christ-related events, such as a 1,000-men march, a gospel concert, movies for local football players, food drives and fundraisers for nonprofit organizations.


“We want to have a countywide revival this year,” King said. “Our theme for this year is ‘The Year of Revival.’ We hope it’s something that will happen throughout the county.”