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Empty Bowls aims to fill Cyclone Room

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 12/4/2013

People interested in helping a charitable cause Friday should bring their appetites to Ottawa High School’s first home basketball game.

The school’s seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the Cyclone Room of the school, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa. Attendees can purchase a handmade bowl of their choice for a minimum donation of $10. The bowl includes broccoli cheddar soup, with a side of bread, organizers said.

People interested in helping a charitable cause Friday should bring their appetites to Ottawa High School’s first home basketball game.

The school’s seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the Cyclone Room of the school, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa. Attendees can purchase a handmade bowl of their choice for a minimum donation of $10. The bowl includes broccoli cheddar soup, with a side of bread, organizers said.

Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger, organized at a community level.

Funds raised from the OHS Empty Bowls project will help feed the hungry in Franklin County, Kyliegh Love, OHS senior and one of the event’s organizers, said. All donations will be given to Hope House’s food pantry, 302 S. Walnut St., Ottawa, and the Franklin County ECKAN Community Center, 517 E. Third St., Ottawa, Love said.

“Please help us fill the empty bowls in our own community by supporting or donating to the event,” Love said. “And, you get to keep your one-of-a-kind bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.”

Cherry Coen’s Family and Consumer Sciences students at the high school are preparing the soup.

“We also have what we are calling dippin’ bowls,” Coen said. “These are smaller bowls that have been made over the years, and my students made dip mixes to put in them. They are for sale for $7.”

OHS students and community members have combined to produce the handmade bowls for Friday’s event, Love said.

A silent auction table at the event is expected to feature four bowls that were signed last spring by members of the 2012-13 OHS state championship boys basketball team and finished by OHS art instructor Joleen Thompson, organizers said.

A snow storm put a damper on last year’s fundraiser, Love said. But organizers hope to get back to 2011’s fundraising level, which garnered donations of about $2,400, she said.

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