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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL Soup's On: A tasty rortal tradition helps, raise money for Portal Rescue By DAWN NEWMAN-AERTS/ age) over 300 soup-lovers who . But the idea for a 'soup' others, who have come to rely Julian and food coordinators Rodeo While most people appre- ciate having any soup choice on the menu, they'll have to look far and wide for a menu that matches, the 'Soup Kitchen' fundraiser held annually in Portal, Ariz. There you'll find a three- day soup kitchen sched- uled each Feb- ruary that fea- tures more than a dozen tasty recipes, everything from the ex- otic, 'African- chicken-pea- nut, or Zuppa Tuscana,' to a health-con- scious ,Veg- etarian Soyrizo Po- tato' or the less-elegant, 'smashed po- tato cheese.' W h o knew? The Soup Kitchen is an annual Portal Rescue fundraiser - sandwiched mid-February each year, where you could find more than a few 'soup du jour' soup-makers, who faithfully serve (on aver- are in search of time-honored recipes and wide variety. The 16th Annual Soup Kitchen fundraiser was hosted by doz- In addition to the tasty "Soup Kitchen" and crock pot fare featured each year, theSoup Kitchen (held Feb., 13-15 ) offered a commu- nity raffle with more than 18 prizes for winners this year. All pro- ceeds benefit Portal Rescue - local emergency services. Prize contributions featured donated art by Marge Fagan, Cathy Reinhold, Roger M(:Kasson, Bill Davis and Terry Miller, a carving by Bill Reinhold, original photography donated by Fred and Pat Espenak, prints, jewelry and handmade items. There were also gift certifl- cates donated byThe Chiricahua Desert Museum, the RodeoTav- ern, Rodeo Car0, Portal Caf, Cave Creek Ranch, Birders B&B, and a pet exam and vaccination by High Desert Vet Service. *The raffle also included a kaleidoscope (Greg Wayman); a hand-made afghan by Lauren Stanton; a necklace (Chris Rogers); quilted tote (Steven Wayman) and $100 in scratch lottery tickets. From L to R Anne Morris, HowardTopoff, JoAnn Julian ens of all-volunteer lunch serv- ers and cooks to benefit the Por- tal Rescue - an emergency ser- vices organization. This year, they served 395! Chavez wins XCFC bout at Apache G01d On March 31,2012, local cage fighter Fernando Chavez, Jr. (above left) traveled to Apache Gold Casino in Globe, Arizona, to partici- pate in MMA competition where he was matched up against Dillon Smith, 155 pounds, out of Mesa, AZ. The two battled in the first round and Chavez was able to capitalize with a choke, making his opponent tap out. Chavez would like to thank his morn, dad, train- ers (dad, brother Anthony, cousins Armando and Benjle Chavez and Aaron Jacquez). He also thanks friends and family who sup- ported his fight and Saucedo's Super Market for sponsorship. Courtesy photo kitchen fundraiser, says long- time coordinator, JoAnn Julian, really began with a handful of neighbors, (led by Barbara Miller) who simply brought together a few of their crock-pot inspired dishes as a social event that turned-into a much. needed resource for res- cue and emer- gency opera- tions based in Portal. "It's not just about chicken soup anymore," says Julian of the community- wide effort fea- tured for three- days each Feb- ruary. In 2010, the event served up 363 soup- lovers and raised nearly $ 9,000 in proceeds , from lunch- ticket sales and a raffle ticket drive. The pro- ceeds are used to pay for Portal Rescue direct needs to include, insurance costs, vehicle ain- tenance, fuel costs, supplies, and for volunteer-based training needs. The community estimates it may cost as much as $ 50,000 each year to run the local res- cue service which responds to both fire and medical emergen- cies. , "Basically, the soup- kitchen has raised funds through kitchen sales, and (tax deduct- ible) donations as well as through raffle tickets." Julian, with the help of lead kitchen- volunteer and food coordinators -- Chris Wilbur, Vicki Beno, and Cecelia Hessler, says the event has become a popular get- together for folks from Portal and Rodeo, New Mex. "This has been a great way to bring our two communities together (an effort) that is not only a lot of fun, but also raises a lot of dollars," says Julian of lunch guests that have come from as far away as Korea over the years. She credits much of the Soup Kitchen's early success to long-time volunteer and or- ganizer, Barbara Miller, who was committed to the idea from the very beginning. Next year's Soup Kitchen event will be coordinated by Chris Wilbur. Honorary Mayor and this year's raffle-co-coor- dinator, Gerry Hernbrode, ex- plains that the popular fundraiser is also about 'real world' delivery of top-notch medical services. "We have quite a few retired people, and our rescue resources here - So, it's really become an event with life and death concerns." With ladies and pots, soup bowls and crock-pots, Julian encourage people to be creative with their recipes... "I think all of the food items (to include homemade desserts and bread choices), live up to the expec- For Appointments call 575.542.8705 o email PASSPORT PHOTOS ,=:: 12 A,ailable at the Hidalgo County Herald..212 East Motel Drive. Lordsburg, NM tal Caf6, Cave Creek R Birders B&B, and a pet vaccination offered by Desert Vet Service. *The raffle also inclt kaleidoscope (Greg Wa 3,2012 inch, ;xam- High ded a Dozens of volunteers, soup-lovers, crock-pot connoisseurs, servers, bakers, . .... i ers gathers m,d-February each year to offer-up 60 soups, chd,, stew and other tlme-honored pes to benefit Portal Rescue, in Portal, Arizona. The event, which contint lunch-ticket guests each day from both communities (Portal, Ariz., and Rodeo fully raised nearly $ 7,000 this year through kitchen-lunch sales, donations, and an an All proceeds benefit Portal Rescue, Inc. - emergency services. From L to R Karen Meecham, Howard Topoff, Gerry Hernbrode, Viki Beno, Delane ilbur. NO says that soups and crock-pot dishes this .year featured every- thing from the time-honored, 'traditional beef stew,' to more exotic recipes from around the world. "We had 20 recipes to offer our guests on each day of the three-day event," explains Julian. "And our cooks always get 'rave reviews.' She and volunteer coordi- nator, Vicki Beno, says the event has also become an occasion that focuses on the needs of both communities. "We like to mix it up a bit with recipes (each year)," says Beno, "SO there are new inspirations every year," tations of people who truly en- joy soup and trying new reci- pes." In addition to the soup and crock pot menu featured, the Soup Kitchen includes a com- munity raffle with more than 18 prizes for winners (this year). Prize contributions included donated art by Marge Fagan, Cathy Reinbold, Roger McKasson, Bill Davis and Terry Miller to a carving by Bill Reinbold and original photog- raphy donated by Fred and Pat Espenak. There were also gift certificates donated by The Chiricahua Desert Museum, the Rodeo Tavern, Rodeo Caf6, Por- Hidalgo County Heritage Society Save Our Building Help Restore the or email 1 We we o me you a Build Your Credit. No Checkin The lM00li( is invited Account Needed. Apply call ahead/ a hand-made ,auren Stanton; a Chris Rogers); teven Wayman) and $ cratch lottery tickets. Portal Resc 'es no funding from es, so Julian says the event has become a pc es- sential wel- fare of the com "We have some who come each work hard, to share tal- ents as well as thusi- asm," says smile - "It's not just soup, anymore!" in perso E-NT'RY Fi 4 E, Motel Dr, Lo Call today 575-54