Genzie’s Gameday Pub hosts 2nd annual soup cook-off for the troops

One local business is hosting a contest to benefit troops overseas. Genzie’s Gameday Pub on La Crosse’s north side held it’s second annual soup cook-off Sunday afternoon.

All proceeds from the event will go to support Treats for Troops, an organization that sends supplies to men and women fighting overseas. Last year the event raised more than $2,000 for the organization.

Workers at Genzie’s say they’ve seen the benefit of events like this firsthand.

“I was deployed for Desert Storm in Germany and I answered a Christmas card to Any Soldier. And when I received a package in the mail from the entire class they all sent me care package items and they drew me pictures. And it means more to me than anyone can ever know,” said Genzie’s bartender and veteran Tina Castilyn.

On top of the money from the soup, Genzie’s Gameday Pub matched all donations.