Come enjoy bottomless bowls of soup, basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle, a DJ and great laughter and friendship Jan. 25 at the 11th annual SOUPer Bowl.

This delicious fundraiser benefitting the Trading Post Community Care Center in Springville will take place at Watermark Wesleyan Church, located at 4999 McKinley Parkway, in Hamburg, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $12 presale or $15 at the door. Visit for more information.

Organizers are asking for help to meet the needs of the community by supporting this worthy cause. All are welcome to attend.

The Trading Post provides basic food and clothing needs for more than 25,000 families annually. In addition to food pantry services, it serves more than 5,000 hot meals per year. Free hot meals are served to the public every Wednesday at noon.

According to Watermark Wesleyan’s website, the mission is to show God’s love by sharing a meal with neighbors and offering a hand of friendship. All of this takes more than 1,000 volunteer hours each year.

The Watermark Wesleyan’s wide outreach circle includes many southern tier communities in Erie, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties, serving many rural pockets that neighbor Springville where little to no emergency resources are available.

Over the last several years, a rise in the number of families in need, especially seniors and working families, has been seen.

The organizers are also looking for more people to get involved. Please consider making a crock of your favorite soup or chili, an appetizer, donating a gift or basket or volunteering to help in the kitchen.

If you would like to donate, please contact Peggy Austin at the Trading Post by calling (716) 592-4455 or email