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A server ladles soup into a bowl during the Empty Bowl Soup Benefit at the Goshen Farmers Market Saturday 2/23/2013. The Goshen Clay Artist's Guild made and donated the roughly 800 bowls the participants received to put their soup in. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Katherine Perry (right) Amanda Bittle (middle) and Nathaniel Turner (middle right) pick out soup bowls at the 11th annual Empty Bowl Soup Benefit Saturday 2/23/2013 at the Goshen Farmers Market. All three are from Mishawaka In. Clay Artist's Guild members provided the roughly 800 bowls that were part of the meal of soup,bread and dessert participants received in exchange for a donation of at least 15 dollars. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

People lined up for early for the annual Empty Bowl Soup Benefit Saturday 2/23/2013 at the Goshen Farmers Market. Proceeds from the meal benefitted the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network. The Clay Artist's Guild provided the roughly 800 handmade bowls for the event this year. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Ben Hoffman (left) and Gretchen Krause pick out bowls at the Empty Bowl Soup Benefit Saturday 2/23/2013 at the Goshen Farmers Market. The benefits from the event go to the Interfaith Hospitality Network. The Goshen Clay Artist's Guild made and donated the roughly 800 bowls for the event. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Kimberly Lichty-Nyce watches as her 19 month-old son, Gavin Nyce drains his soup bowl Saturday 2/23/2013 at the Goshen Farmers Market. The family was taking part in the Empty Bowl Soup Benefit to help support the Interfaith Hospitality Network. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

A server ladles soup into a bowl during the Empty Bowl Soup Benefit at the Goshen Farmers Market Saturday 2/23/2013. The Goshen Clay Artist’s Guild made and donated bowls the participants received to put their soup in. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
More than $10,000 raised at Empty Bowl Project

Posted on Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

GOSHEN — Attendance was down at the annual Empty Bowl Project in Goshen Saturday, but hundreds still attended, donating thousands to the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network.

According to Jess Koscher, a member of the Goshen Clay Artist’s Guild, which organizes the event, 670 people attended, giving $10,600. After covering a few expenses, the bulk of that money will go to the hospitality network, an organization that works with local churches to house homeless families.

“The philanthropic nature in this community is just amazing,” Koscher said.

The Goshen Farmer’s Market donated the space for the event, while local potters donated hundreds of handmade bowls. At the event, attendees could each chose a bowl that they could take home to keep, but first had filled with soup provided by local restaurants. Others provided bread and other parts of the meal. Musicians also donated their time and talents at the event, Koscher said.

“People wait for an hour-and-a-half in the cold to be a part of this event,” she said, referring to the way the line of waiting people often winds outside the Farmer’s Market building and down the sidewalk. “We’re always blown away at how many people come and how they wait.”

Members of the Goshen Clay Artists Guild and other local potters produced 910 bowls for the event. Koscher said those leftover from this year’s event will be kept for next year’s.