Soup for the Troops raises money for wounded warriors

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The aroma of various types of soups filled the air over Mayfaire Town Center on Saturday.

There were 17 locally owned restaurants that came out to serve anywhere between one and three of their specialty soups.

But there was a reason for this culinary exhibition.

The money generated benefits Hope for Warriors, an organization that provides funding and care for injured troops like Carl Traub. He served in the Marine Corps, but today he served as a soup tasting judge.

"Just about 15 or 16 of the finest soups I've ever tasted here in Wilmington. The competition is stiff. The judging is going to be difficult," said Traub. 

The chefs say they love participating as well.

In light of the events earlier this week at Ft. Hood, organizers believe it's a big reason for this years tremendous turnout.

And organizers hope people won't also forget just how good the soups were today, so they can attend again next year, and help out our wounded warriors.  

Rucker John's earned first place for its cream of potato with bacon soup.

Today's event raised more than 5 thousand dollars. All the proceeds benefit Hope for Warriors.

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