Left to right: Hillsboro Hops General Manager K.L. Wombacher; Jennifer Katches; Beaverton Valley Times Sports Editor Matt Singledecker; Oregonian/OregonLive Editor Mark Katches; former KGW Business Reporter Joe Smith; Catholic Sentinel Managing Editor Ed Langlois; KOIN News Anchor Jenny Hansson and her daughter; Jared Mannis and Sharon Straus of the Sunshine Pantry; KATU Morning Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby with her husband, Dennis Williams, and their daughter; and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle.

An estimated 300 people packed the Valley Catholic Athletic Center on Oct. 1 for Soup’s On 2016. This was the sixth year for the popular fundraiser is presented by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and the City of Beaverton to fight hunger. Proceeds from the event benefited the Sunshine Pantry, a family-run nonprofit food pantry.


Left to right: Sr. Delores Adelman, Sr. Charlene Herinckx and Sr. Colleen Schmitt of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon; Sharon Straus and Jared Mannis of the Sunshine Pantry; and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle.

On Dec. 21, 2016, Sr. Delores Adelman, Sr. Charlene Herinckx and Sr. Colleen Schmitt joined Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle in presenting a check for $20,173 from the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and the City of Beaverton. Originally scheduled for Dec. 9, the check presentation was delayed due to winter weather. More photos from the check presentation are available on Flickr.

For more than 25 years, the Sunshine Pantry has provided food, amenities, housewares and clothing to those in need and struggling in Washington County, other areas of Oregon and in southwest Washington. They currently provide food, clothing, household items, toys and toiletries for about 500 families per month.

Winning over the diners

In keeping with the tradition of Soup’s On, guests voted for their favorite soups. Throughout the week leading up to the event, Beaverton Police and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue had challenged each other on Twitter. Both have won awards in the past. Would one or both win again this year?

  • For the second consecutive year, Beaverton Police won the gold ladle award for their chicken tortilla soup.
  • Fresh Thyme Soup Company received the silver ladle award for their winter squash soup.
  • Thai Bloom won the bronze ladle award for their chicken tom kha soup.

Sr. Colleen Schmitt congratulates the Beaverton Police chefs: winners of the 2016 Gold Ladle Award for their chicken tortilla soup.


Thai Bloom receives the bronze ladle award for their chicken tom kha soup. They also won the 2016 Judges Choice Award.

Thai Bloom also won the Judges Choice Award, presented by judges from regional media outlets. This year’s judges included Wayne Garcia, news anchor for KPTV FOX12; Jenny Hansson, news anchor for KOIN6; Mark Katches, editor of The Oregonian/OregonLive; Ed Langlois, managing editor of the Catholic Sentinel; Rhonda Shelby, morning meteorologist for KATU; Matt Singledecker, sports editor of the Beaverton Valley Times; Joe Smith, former business reporter for KGW-TV; and K.L. Wombacher, executive vice president and general manager of the Hillsboro Hops.

During its first five years, Soup’s On raised more than $65,000 to fight hunger.


Sr. Ruth Frank (left) and Sr. Lawdean Lamberger are ready to sample every delicious soup.


So many delicious soups: all to fight hunger across the Beaverton and Portland metropolitan region.

Photos and videos

Thanks to our vendors and sponsors

Soup’s On featured regional vendors and supporters including Bales Thriftway, Beaverton Bakery, Beaverton Black Bear Diner, Beaverton Police Department, Becerras International Groceries, Buddies Sports Bar & Grill, Casa Lola Kitchen De Mexico, Delight Donuts, Elephants Catering and Events, Elmer’s, Fresh Thyme Soup Co., La Provence – Orenco, Maryville, McCormick’s Fish House, McMenamins Pubs & Breweries, Noodles & Company, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Old Chicago Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread Co., Qdoba Mexican Grill, Raccoon Lodge, Signature Affair, Sweet Tomatoes Catering, Thai Bloom, The Dessert Tray, The Human Bean, Thirsty Lion, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Zoup.

The Mother Joseph Province of the Sisters of Providence returned as the presenting sponsor. Biamp Systems was a gold-level sponsor. Lanphere Construction and Development and Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc. were silver-level sponsors. Beaverton Auto Parts, Beaverton Toyota, Nature’s Pet Market and U.S. Bank were bronze-level sponsors. Farmington Gardens was the decorations sponsor. Crown Trophy also supported the event.