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Rotary to host Soup’s On! Oct. 19 at Naperville Central


The joyous clamor of families enjoying the best of Naperville restaurants and entertainment by local students at Soup’s On! From 11:30AM to 3:30PM on Sun., Oct. 19 at Naperville Central High School will have deeper meaning. Their presence will help The Rotary Club of Naperville to prevent hunger and homelessness, and for other humanitarian needs locally.


Sobering statistics describe the number of children receiving free and reduced lunch in Districts 203 and 204. In 2001, only 1.2 percent of District 203 students were eligible for this program; today, 16.3% can be described as low income. Similarly, in 2008, 4 percent of District 204 received this assistance; today, 18 percent, or nearly 1 in 5 students, are eligible.

With so many local families dealing with poverty, the funds raised by Soup’s On – more than $700,000 since its inception in 2008 – are especially valuable. The primary beneficiaries are DuPage PADS, Hesed House, and Loaves & Fishes Community Services, as well as grants awarded to other local nonprofits by The Rotary Club of Naperville Charities.

Ample food, beverages, and entertainment will contribute to the event’s festive atmosphere. A tantalizing assortment of tasty foods and desserts created by 25 of the area’s most admired restaurants and food purveyors will be on the menu. Children will be captivated by activities sponsored by the DuPage Children’s Museum, while guests of all ages will enjoy musical entertainment by award-winning high school choral groups. A silent auction with a wide variety of exciting prizes will be held. Football fans can enjoy watching the game in the Bears Lounge, too.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.SoupsOnRotary.com. Tickets are $45 for adults; seniors (65+) and military, $35; children 6-12, $10; children 5 and under are free.

Did you know? Established in 1905, Rotary is the world’s first service organization. Chartered in 1941, the Rotary Club of Naperville is a group of business, civic and nonprofit leaders interested in serving their community by providing time and talents to build good will and promote world peace.


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