Captain Hally prepares soup for 'SOUPport our Shelters' YWCA fundraiser

LEWISTON, ID - In less than 24 hours, people from all over the Valley are coming together to help the YWCA.

The annual 'SOUPport our Shelters' fundraiser is the biggest money-maker of the year for the center. Last year they raised $17,000 to support disadvantaged people in the area. Volunteers are putting the finishing touches on what they hope is the winning soup.

In preparation for Friday, Captain Dan Hally of the Asotin County Sheriff's Office is making 30 gallons of salsa corn chowder. Local police and fire agencies compete for the coveted title of 'Best Soup.'

"I actually started late last night," said Captain Hally. "Started smoking about thirty pounds of chicken. Now at the Asotin County Sheriff's Office it's truly homemade. You won't see any can openers in our tool bag."

"A lot of people don't realize that by having lunch with us tomorrow that they will also be helping people who can't help themselves in the community and it's really important," said Marketing Coordinator Leann Hall.

Hall said more than 300 people have already pre-ordered soups for delivery to their businesses. At the event, the first 700 people through the door get a hand-painted bowl to take home. The event is from 11:00-1:30 at the Y and tickets cost $25.