Souper Bowl and eBay auction raise money for needy
Innovative events successful for social ministry funds
Jul 11, 2006
Souper Bowl of Caring, the ecumenically promoted antihunger campaign that plays off the name of the annual professional football championship game, has collected $4.8 million, with donations still not fully reported as of last month.
Inspired by a prayer from Presbyterian pastor Brad Smith on Super Bowl Sunday in 1989, the collection of $921,616 by 2,387 Presbyterian churches as of June 8, was a record high for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Overall, more than 11,664 organizations and congregations from a variety of American denominations have reported collecting $4,844,466, said Souper Bowl officials. Presbyterian donations made up 19 percent of the total—second only to the contributions of the Catholic Church. The PCUSA had the second-highest number of churches participating, behind the United Methodist Church.