On February 1st, 2018, hundreds of people purchased tickets and made their way to Nease’s cafeteria, which was transformed into an event space like no other.  Organized by IB Boosters, and with the help of Publix, Sysco, more than 20 restaurants and local companies, the SOUPer Bowl event raised over $29,000.  All proceeds go directly to the St. Johns County Blessings in a Backpack program, which benefits local children in need.

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism students helped in organizing the event, worked as hosts and assisted the chefs.

Communications Academy Digital Design students created all the printed materials for the event, designing brochures and posters to contribute to the look of a professional event.

Additionally, students who attend the Academy of Culinary Arts at St. Johns Technical High School, which is the sister Academy to Nease’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, also played a role in the event. Student chefs created and served their own delicious original-recipe soup.

Students from Valley Ridge’s Culinary Club also presented an original-recipe soup to share with patrons.

As a memento, all guests got to take home a custom-designed bowl. Hundreds of bowls were created by students for the event, as a result of collaboration between art programs at multiple St. Johns County schools.