SHAMOKIN - There were only three winners in the second annual "Soup Wars" Saturday at the Home Plate Cafe, but everyone came out victorious as approximately $800 was raised to benefit the Manna for the Many.

Friends Helping Friends, a group of patrons at the popular tavern at Second and Chestnut streets, once again pulled off another successful event as 21 varieties of soup deemed delicious by the judges were sold for $3 per pint.

The proceeds will be donated to Manna for the Many to help support

its program of providing food to individuals and families in need in the Shamokin, Coal Township, Trevorton and Elysburg areas.

Event organizer Sue Feese commended all the volunteers who participated and everyone who purchased the soup for a great cause.

"We had 21 varieties and they were all good," Feese said. "The soups sold very fast. We have a great time raising money for such a good cause and everyone enjoyed themselves."

John Vanaskie, a board member with Manna for the Many, expressed his appreciation to Friends Helping Friends and the owners of the Home Plate Cafe for sponsoring the contest.

"Last year, we raised $700 at this event and this year we made even more," he said. "This is amazing. I want to thank everyone, especially those who made and donated the soup. An event like this brings the community together and helps others who are less fortunate."

Victoria Kramer was the first-place winner and received a wooden plaque and the coveted golden ladle that serves as a symbol of superiority in planning and preparing soup dishes.

Her winning entry was spicy crab bisque.

Her father, Drew Kramer, captured first-place honors last year.

Second and third place went to Mark Kilmer and Tom Boslego, respectively, who also received wooden plaques. Kilmer entered a sausage cheddar potato soup, while Boslego's entry was ham and green bean soup.

Judging was conducted from noon to 2 p.m., while soup was sold from 2 to 6 p.m.

Serving as judges were state Rep. Kurt Masser, Kathy Kraynak, John Dowd, Robert Malick and Sam Rumberger.

The unique contest is believed to be the only one of its kind in Northumberland County.

Feese said the group plans on sponsoring the event next year.

Among the varieties of soup in the competition were turkey bayou, chicken vegetable, shrimp gumbo, ham and green bean, chicken corn, sausage cheddar potato, ham pot pie and taco soup.