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Dozens of Central Arkansas restaurants provided a variety of soups, breads and desserts for this year’s Soup Sunday.

More than 1,000 people attended the event benefiting Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a nonprofit committed to improving policies and providing children and families with resources and equal opportunities.

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Held this year at the Venue at Westwind in North Little Rock, the annual event includes awards for best soup. The Golden Ladle went to Youth Home for their popular butternut squash soup. Honorable mentions went to Afrobites, who brought a jollof lentil soup, and It’s Time to Eat!’s Soul Food Soup.

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Fran Carter, development director for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, said the advocacy group is always so thankful on the Monday following Soup Sunday. “We were thrilled by the guests who attended, thankful for all the new and returning restaurants and appreciative of all the sponsors, donors and volunteers who help make our work at Arkansas Advocates possible.”

In addition to the ticket sales and sponsorships, people were able to bid in a silent auction featuring a Costa Rica getaway, a Mighty Rib SoMa food tour, a private dinner from Crave Catering Company, a three-night stay at a Eureka Springs Cottage, a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, and more.

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Committee member Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib blog reported the event raised $139,310 and counting.

“There was such a positive energy in the building last night,” Shalin said. “Folks really came out in large numbers to support a great cause, and the restaurants delivered with a wide variety of soups. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it all and am already looking forward to next year.”

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Check out pictures from the event and a list of participating restaurants in Shalin’s post below:

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