For at least 10 years, Owensboro Municipal Utilities has hosted its own “soup day” to raise money for the Goodfellows Club.

OMU spokeswoman Sonya Dixon said employees at the municipality’s customer service center, 2070 Tamarack Road, host their annual soup day on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving.

“I think it’s the time of year (for soup) and I think it’s the reputation Goodfellows has in our community and all that they do,” said Dixon about why OMU continues the tradition. “I think that has always made this attractive.”

The Goodfellows Club is a local charitable organization that provides clothing, shoes, coats and emergency dental and medical care for children in need. Goodfellows hosts its own Soup Day for Kids as a kickoff to the club’s giving campaign that starts on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas.

Dixon said soup day also provides many of OMU’s customer service employees time to spread Christmas cheer with one another.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us, as employees, to get together over a nice, warm bowl of soup,” Dixon said. “We just enjoy the camaraderie that it brings.”

OMU employees brought in six to eight soups ranging from potato cheese to vegetable.

Dixon said one of the unique soups was made with deer meat.

“It gives our cooks a chance to show off their wares,” she said. “...We have our favorites and the deer soup was very popular. Nobody here really just gets a bowl of soup. We catch ourselves sampling all of them.”

From the soup day donations, OMU employees raised $182.90.

Donations can be made to Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302; or by bringing contributions to the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St., or online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org.

Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 19, 2016

Previously reported … $62,561.50

In memory of Evelyn and Bill

Speer, and Jean and Bill

Skillman … $300

In memory of Margaret “Peggy” Howard … $200

In memory of Anice and Joe Gough by Mike Gough … $200

South Hampton Homemakers Club … $200

In memory of Lindy Ashby, and Jerry and Margaret Biscopink … $200

Jubilee Homemakers Club … $166

In loving memory of Thelma Jane Newberry … $100

In memory of deceased Amateurs by the Owensboro Amateur Radio Club … $100

I challenge all retired military veterans to match or exceed my donation, Don Everitt, Sr. … $100

In memory of Bill and Dorothy Sims by the families of Larry and Jean Sims, Jim and

Priscilla Ruff, Joe Bill and Regina Sims, and Joe Bill and

Pam Wells… $100

In loving memory of our parents, Hilton and Margaret Kincaid,

Clyde Hight, and Faye Hight Richeson … $100

In loving memory of Dennis Mattingly by the Ackerman family … $100

In memory of Arnold and Bertha Bryant by Brenda Lawrence … $100

Anonymous … $95

In honor of Charles E. Moore… $95

In memory of Larry Hager by Sue Trautwein … $50

Pilot Club of Owensboro… $50

In memory of Mark Snider and Ruth Brocksmith by Dallas and

Beverly Snider and family … $50

In honor of Rev. Paul Strahan … $50

In memory of Rev. David A. Nelson … $50

In loving memory of my grandparents, Charles and Mae Bennett by Lauren and Richard

Moore … $50

In memory of Elsie Basham, Mary Miller, Alice Jolly, Peggy Head, Myrl Blomquist, and

Nancye Kelley by Jubilee Homemakers Club … $40

In memory of Bill, Golda, Louis, and Agnes Fulkerson, and Silas

Burns by Marlene Burns … $40

In memory of Larry Hager, a blessed friend over the years, by Ella Mae and Roy Peay … $25

In honor of Joe Bachmeier by the Budget Department … $25

In memory of our grandson, Cody Alan Smith by Mammaw and Pappaw Evans … $20

Anonymous … $16.25

Total as of Dec. 19, 2016 .. $65,183.75

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