Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 3:00pm

preseting the award to west high schoolMadison West High School was named the Don Hunt Communitarian Award winner at the 20th annual Souper Bowl. Since 1995, Madison West High School has hosted the Souper Bowl, which benefits Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. The award is given to an organization that volunteers time and effort for the Souper Bowl, the largest fundraiser for the UW-Madison chapter of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.

The award is named after Don Hunt. In 2002, Don Hunt retired after 34 years as a ceramics art teacher at Madison West High School. Hunt was instrumental in organizing the Souper Bowl. The award was named after him, after Hunt passed away in August 2008 from brain cancer.

About 50 people attended the first Souper Bowl, which was held in the West High School home economic’s kitchen. Today, the event draws anywhere from 1,200 to 1,700 people and raises more than $25,000 for the UW Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Former West custodian Gerry Perion accepted the award on behalf of Madison West High School. Perion was instrumental in helping with setup and cleanup for many of the early Souper Bowl years. Valerie Johnson, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, said it was a “pleasure for our staff to work with him year after year.”

Souper Bowl XX was held Saturday, Feb. 6 at Madison West High School. About $26,000 was raised during the event for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, UW-Madison Chapter, and about 1,500 people attended the event.

Above photo: Habitat for Humanity of Dane County UW Chapter President Kara Evenson presents Madison West High School with the Don Hunt Communitarian Award. Accepting the award on behalf of Madison West is former West custodian Gerry Perion, who has been instrumental in setting up for the event for many years.

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Formed in 1993, the UW-Madison Chapter of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County is now building its 16th home in West Madison. Money raised from the Souper Bowl goes to support the construction of Habitat homes. Habitat for Humanity of Dane County provides simple, decent, affordable housing for families who might not otherwise become homeowners. Eligible families pay monthly mortgage payments on a 0% interest loan, and contribute 325 to 375 hours of sweat equity in the building of their homes. For more information, call 608-255-1549 or visit www.habitatdane.org.

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