Molly Lieberman says she believes that "if you are standing in a position where you can help somebody, then, by all means, you should do it."

That's the motivation that led Lieberman to help found the nonprofit Loop It Up Savannah in 2008. She explains that the program started at West Broad Street YMCA as a movement and crochet class (that's where the Loop comes from), and it quickly grew and began to include other forms of art as well taking on a social service arm to help families.

The mission is to reach children and families in low-income areas. This past year, Lieberman brought the program to 36 after-school programs in Title 1 schools and community centers.

Now that her group is moving into its second year as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, she's decided to host their first large-scale fundraising event. Soup It Up for Loop It Up will be from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Brice Hotel.

According to Lieberman, the fundraiser is two parts. One part is the fundraising done at the participating restaurants and the other is the actual event on Feb. 17 that will feature local chefs from Cha Bella, Pacci, Savannah Coffee Roasters and Unforgettable Bakery. These chefs will compete for the title of "best tasting soup." Lieberman says the winner receives The Golden Bowl Award. A People's Choice Award allows guests to cast a vote during the event as well.

"We will also give away the Platinum Ladle to the chef that can raise the most money."

While the soup will be tasty, Lieberman says there will also be other foods served during the event as well as a chance to interact with beneficiaries of Loop It Up.

"The most exciting part of the event is we will have some art projects going throughout the evening and we'll have some of our students there doing art projects," she says. "I really believe it's important to bring people into the part of the world we live in ⦠so this is a great opportunity to meet the students and their families as well.

"⦠People want to know what they are supporting and who they are supporting and why it matters. People want that connection ⦠and they want to know how they can help each other and be productive in new ways."

Lieberman adds that the goal of the event is to raise $25,000 for Loop It Up to expand programming through the new facility they have recently rented.

"Up until now, we had a little office. Now we can offer programming onsite. ⦠We want to become a community art center in the neighborhood we are in ⦠There is really is no community center in the vicinity of our new location and hopefully we can fill that void a bit."

If you can't make it to the Soup It Up event, Lieberman says you can find Loop It Up on Facebook or call 912-667-5382 and send in your donation.

"I always say - and I really mean it - no donation is too small. If everyone I knew donated $5, we would have everything we need and more."

She adds that if you can't donate funds, but want to help, they are always in need of art supplies like paint and paper. They are always looking for volunteers to work with students as well as behind the scenes with projects.

"I just encourage people to get in touch if they are interested in helping out."

IF YOU GO

What: Soup It Up for Loop It Up

When: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17

Where: The Brice Hotel, 601 E. Bay St.

Cost: $60 or $100 per couple

Info: soup-it-up-for-loop-it-up.everydayhero.do, 912-667-5382