Soup served on Valentine’s Day

Emily Archer · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Valentine’s Day turned out to be a success for many after the Dream Catchers' Valentine’s Soup Supper raised money for scholarships Friday, Feb. 14.

“In many ways, [the event] has surpassed my expectations; we’ve had more sponsors than ever for Dream Catchers, and that just really warms my heart,” said Dr. Carol Moreno, head of the Dream Catchers' program and owner of Gentle Family Dentists.

The soup supper was held at the West Liberty Community Center, and was a fundraiser for the West Liberty Dream Catchers to raise money for scholarships for participants in the program. There were 10 choices of soup, desserts and bread all donated by various community members.

Ashley Sanchez, a senior at West Liberty High School and a Dream Catchers' mentor, and Randy Tapia, a junior and Dream Catchers' participant, were selling roses donated from Jan’s Flower Yard and Crush soda “for your crush.”

“I just expected for people to come and enjoy Valentine’s Day, eat some soup and hang out,” said Sanchez.

Music was provided by jazz pianist Al Zimmerman, and during the supper there were silent auctions and a raffle for a T.V., all money going toward funding scholarships for the participants of the Dream Catchers program. The 50 inch television was won by Marion Hart.

The Valentine’s Day Supper was one of many fundraisers throughout the year, and according to Moreno, it just happened to land on Valentine’s Day.

For her, the Dream Catchers' program is also a way for the student participants to learn more than just academics.

“It’s more than just [academics] because we really want to raise our dreamers to be well-rounded citizens of the world,” said Moreno.

The Dream Catchers' program started with a fundraising soup supper ten years ago, according to Moreno, and it all started with trying to positively influence the lives of disadvantaged kids.

“We wanted to make a difference in our community, with the children in our community, and we wanted that every child had the opportunity to live their dreams,” said Moreno.

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