Empty Bowl organizers believe this was the best year yet

    Exact funds raised won't be known for several weeks, but it could be the best year yet.

    Posted on Feb. 23, 2014 at 3:55 p.m.

    GOSHEN — Final totals haven't been tabulated yet, but the Empty Bowl fundraiser could be looking at its best year yet.

    According to Jessica Koscher, a member of the Clay Artists Guild in Goshen, more than 800 people attended the Saturday, Feb. 22, fundraiser held at the Goshen Farmer's Market.

    The event, now in its 13th year, benefits Interfaith Hospitality Network, an agency that provides temporary housing for homeless people with jobs who are looking for permanent housing.

    The Clay Artists Guild sponsors the event, with members crafting unique bowls that are sold at the benefit and used by participants to hold their soup.

    Koscher said it will be several weeks before they know exactly how much was raised, but she believes this was a record-setting year.

    "I think this is the best one we've had in our history," she said.

    The event also saw participants consume about 100 gallons of soup.

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