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Hope Renewed Youth Conference 5th annual Soup for the Soul Fundraiser

The Hope Renewed Youth Conference 5th annual Soup for the Soul Fundraiser turned out to be as exciting as it was billed to be.


Pictured l to r: 2016 Soup King Winner Chef Bernard Giles, Sherry Cannon, Elder/Chef Reggie Russell and Waddie Clark standing in for Rev. Joseph Cherry.


Pictured l to r: Helen King, Marcus Fogliano, Sonnie Williams ,Jamila Wilson and City Councilwoman Beth Jensen

This Epic event took place on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at George Washington Carver Center.

The eleven contestants had a smorgasbord of soups from Chicken Noodle to Ox Tail Soup. Taking 3rd place was Pastor Joseph Cherry with his delicious Taco Soup, 2nd place went to Elder/Chef Reggie Russell who prepared a Zuppa Tuscana Italian Soup with a turkey & pork version.

1st place and crowned “Soup King 2016” was Bernard Giles, chef at Embassy Suites with a Fajita Soup that was served with chicken, beef or a combo of the meats. This was Chef Giles second year competing for the title of Soup King.

We send a big shout-out of thanks to all the ministers and chefs who participated in this year’s “2016 Soup for the Soul” fundraiser. A big thank you to all of our judges and we were delighted that our senior judge former Chief John Stenson was back with us for a 4th year. They all took their job very seriously and rendered a hard but fair decision. A special thank you to the community who came and spent the evening with us and made this a very successful event,” said Sherry Cannon, Conference Chairperson.

Look for more details on the 2016 Hope Renewed Youth Conference in the May edition of the Traveler Newspaper.

For additional information contact Sherry Cannon, Conference Chairperson at 309 648-3445, or by email at