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Craig circles together, raises money at Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Lauren Blair

Participants at the Empty Bowl fundraiser Friday night line up to choose from among 13 different soups donated by local restaurants, such as chili, lamb stew, french onion and tomato basil soup. Local potters made each of the 325 bowls that people took home with them as part of the ticket price, helping to raise about $4,600 for St. Michael's Community Kitchen.

— The Empty Bowl Fundraiser held Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church raised about $4,600 for St. Michael's Community Kitchen, in addition to bringing in donations of a processed steer and processed pork.

"It was a great success," said community kitchen organizer Robin Schiffbauer. "We had so many people in the community helping, between artists, potters, kitchen help, the restaurants, the people I had picking up the food… It was incredible. Everybody was just happy to do it for us. It was just such a positive event."

Thirteen restaurants donated large batches of soup to the fundraiser, including the OP Bar & Grill, KS Kreations, La Cabana, Gino's, the French Bistro, Carelli's, the Tin Cup Grill, Stacks Smokehouse, Coolwater Grill, Vallarta's, Castle Ranch Steakhouse inside the Clarion Inn & Suites, Village Inn and the Mountain Café at The Memorial Hospital.

For $15 per individual or $45 per family, participants enjoyed all-you-can-eat soup and could pick out their own handmade pottery bowl. Around 325 bowls went home with people Friday night, according to potter Roberta Hawks, who helped organize the event.

"We looked around and pretty much the whole seating area was filled nicely. Everybody was talking and laughing and having a good time and they're smiling and they're enjoying their soup," Hawks said. "They would come back and they would trade (their bowls)… and it would happen two and three and four times. It was like that was part of whole fun of the evening."

Schiffbauer said they aim to host the fundraiser again in October of 2016, giving participating potters time to gear up again for the major production.

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St. Michael's serves meals to approximately 300 people per week, including delivery to home-bound individuals, as well as distributes food to other local organizations.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.