Soup & Chili Cook-off

MaKING a Difference

Homeward Bound formed a wonderful partnership in 2012 with King Solutions based in Dayton, MN. King Solutions’ community involvement and outreach program, “MaKING a Difference”, provides a platform for King Solutions employees to give back. Employees are encouraged to donate time during their working hours to ensure local charities receive adequate support throughout the year.

King Solutions first partnered with Homeward Bound for the holiday season by having a hat/mitten/scarf and decoration collection box in their lobby. In 2013 they decided to host a chili and soup cook off contest with the proceeds benefiting Homeward Bound. This year, the 5th annual soup and chili contest commenced on November 14th.

The noontime buzz was palpable, as nearly all 100 employees happily made the rounds with their sample cups and bowls, eager to cast their votes! Once again, they showcased their talents and efforts by making 20 creative pots of goodness; a variety indeed, even some fun chili branding; “Little Chili on the Prairie” and “Chili Chili Bang Bang”!  The soup category was also fierce with “Lasagna Soup” and “The Meat & Potatoes” to name a few. Employees made a donation to have the chance to pick the winning entry. The winning chili was made by Cody Happke and the winning soup, Stuffed Pepper, was made by Camille Shea.

Homeward Bound Benefits

The cook-off raised over $500 to benefit Homeward Bound; the most yet! Homeward Bound will purchase restaurant gift cards with the proceeds for the  individuals to celebrate the joy of the season with a delicious meal!

A special thank you to Jenni Morine, Heather Hale, Casee Ellingson and Anna Hippe of King Solutions MaKING a Difference committee. They coordinated this fun event; complete with warm bread, festive napkins, they truly thought of everything! Check out the photos!

King Solutions is celebrating over 25 years of business. The owners saw a need in the transportation industry and wanted to fill it; forming a values-based organization committed to a customer-focused approach. Since 1989, King Solutions continues to provide international freight transportation, retail project management, global logistics, mail consolidation, fulfillment, warehousing and more. In 2010, Mike Patterson assumed sole ownership of the company.

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