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Empty Bowl Project fills a need

The Clay Artist Guild in Goshen sponsored the 13th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Goshen Farmer's Market Saturday. The event raised money for the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Posted on Feb. 22, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.

Diners gathered at the 13th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Goshen Farmer's Market on Saturday, Feb. 22, to enjoy dinner, music and to select just the right bowl. The project brings together bowls created by the Clay Artists Guild that are then purchased by diners and filled with one of several types of soup from area restaurants. The often busy farmer's market was filled to the brim with diners, volunteers and musicians, who add to the festivities.

Clay Artist Guild volunteer Jessica Koscher estimated the number of diners attending the event would reach 800. The guild had 1,000 bowls on hand for the fundraiser. It served on average 100 people every 30 minutes. It served 100 in 20 minutes at one point Saturday. The guild staffs 30 volunteers with additional help coming from friends and family.

The money raised helps Interfaith Hospitality Network provide temporary housing for homeless people with jobs who are looking for permanent housing.

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