Why do we hold a Souper Bowl to support victims/survivors?

DVIP is gearing up for our 24th Annual “Souper Bowl.” The event will be held on Thursday, February 25th, 2021.

This is a community event that raises funds for victims of intimate partner violence, human trafficking, stalking and harassment in eight Southeastern Iowa counties.

The “Souper Bowl” is our largest annual fundraising event and now more than ever those most vulnerable in our community need your help! Since May, DVIP has seen a 28% increase in calls to our hotline and the need is not slowing down. Many are calling for emergency sheltering since they cannot seek refuge with friends and family as they could before COVID-19. With our shelter being at capacity, our advocates have been working tirelessly to find shelter for victims/survivors. DVIP has spent 76% more in sheltering costs this year!
The event was created by our current Executive Director, Kristie Fortmann-Doser, to challenge the myth that more violence occurs against women around the NFL Super Bowl. Every year, she receives calls from newspaper reporters wanting to do a story on the increase in violence against women due to the popular sporting event. Kristie and DVIP want community members to know that violence against women, men and children happen every day. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be affected by intimate partner abuse in their lifetime. The Super Bowl does not create violence, abusers do.

Last year, DVIP served 1900 survivors and provided over 25,000 nights of safety.

We have spent the past 9 months reinventing how to keep you, our volunteers, and staff the safest! While we will miss your smiling faces and helping you find the perfect bowl this year, we know that you will be happy to skip the lines and enjoy your favorite soups in your 24th Annual commemorative soup mug.

We hope you can join us in supporting victims/survivors! For full event details and to learn more about how you can join us virtually this year please visit: https://littlevillagetickets.com/events/109991245/24th-annual-souper-bowl-fundraiser