GOSHEN — Get ready to fill your bowl at the Empty Bowl Fundraiser.
The annual event, which benefits the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, is set for Feb. 22 and organizers Saturday, Feb. 15, pulled a portion of the clay bowls to be used at the fundraiser from a kiln at the Clay Artists Guild in Goshen. They came in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
"That's what makes it special," said Jerry Lapp, unloading the bowls with other guild members. "That's what people are buying."
The fundraiser, in its 13th year, goes from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and will be held at the Goshen Farmer's Market, 212 W. Washington St. For $15, participants will get a bowl of soup provided by area restaurants, bread and the bowl the food is served in. Fred Driver, the guild director, said around 70 to 100 gallons of soup will be needed in all and the varieties that'll be offered run the gamut — from tomato bisque and crab and corn chowder to turtle soup and cheese beer soup.
The Clay Artists Guild sponsors the event, with group members and others making the bowls that serve as soup receptacles. In past years, anywhere from 400 to 800 people have taken part and the event has raised anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. Members are expected to make around two dozen bowls each, though some make more — Driver made around three dozen while Bruce Bishop, another guild member, made 50 to 60.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network provides temporary housing for homeless people with jobs who are looking for permanent housing.