The local crowd-funding event known as La Crosse SOUP is looking for ideas to improve the community.

The board is accepting applications for projects to be pitched at the October gathering. Ideas can come from individuals or organizations and could benefit a single person or everyone in the region.

“The only parameter is that it needs to somehow make La Crosse better,” said Josh Court, executive director of the organization, which was established earlier this year to oversee the “micro-gathering” fundraiser launched in 2015.

The board will select up to four ideas to be presented on Oct. 10, when attendees at Myrick Park will pay $5 for soup and bagels, listen to pitches and vote for their favorite. All the money raised that night will go to fund the winning idea.

The last SOUP gathering raised more than $1,900 to help the Family & Children’s Center buy basic household items for kids aging out of the foster care system.

But Court said even losing pitches can benefit.

For example, the Logan High School food pantry applied last summer for funds to purchase a freezer. While the project wasn’t selected, a member of the SOUP board is working to find them a freezer. Another group that didn’t make the cut is making another run this fall after receiving feedback from the board on how to strengthen its pitch.

Court said all projects can benefit from the exposure as well.

Application forms are available on the SOUP website. The deadline to apply is Sept. 25.

The board will select up to four ideas to be presented on Oct. 10, when attendees at Myrick Park will pay $5 for soup and bagels, listen to pitches and vote for their favorite. All the money raised that night will go to fund the winning idea.
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