Soupurr Cookoff held to raise money for area Cat Sanctuary

The Rev. Ralph English, pastor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Gloversville, is served soup from Lenora Evans of Gloversville, center, and Kimberlee Harden of Fonda at the third annual Soupurr Cookoof Saturday at the Gloversville Senior Center. The event benefitted the Cat Sanctuary and Information Center. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — An unscientific sample of participants at the third annual Soupurr Cookoff benefit showed they like cats or soup or both.

The event is held to aid the area Cat Sanctuary and Information Center building fund. With their admission, the public got a chance to sample nine soups and pick the best at the Gloversville Senior Center, 53 Church St.

“I love soup,” said Lori Smith of Gloversville.

Sallie Chienaille of Gloversville, who brought her grandson Fenris Chienaille-Olsen, said she paid to sample “the soup to help the kitties.”

“The cats brought me here,” said Lois LaBounty of Johnstown.

LaBounty said she rescues stray cats. Because of limited income, she said she instead donates “time, energy and stuff” to help cats.

Michelle Lautman, president of the Cat Sanctuary, said the benefit normally raises $300 or $400, which is banked until a shelter for cats can be established in an area community.

Lautman continually offers advice to cat lovers, which is why Mary Weaver and her daughter, Chelsea, came to the event from Broadalbin.

“Michelle helped me a lot with my cats, so I help her too,” Weaver said.

Along with a 50-50 and a variety of raffles, the winners of the soup tasting were announced. Ivan Hinkle of Johnstown took first place. Second place went to Kimberlee Harden of Fonda, one of the servers at the event. Three people were tied for third: Steven Clark, Nita Preddice and Lautman, all of Gloversville.

Some people simply gave their winnings back to the Cat Sanctuary.

By Kerry Minor

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