Monday, March 1, 2010

Empty Bowls hold benefit draws overflow crowds

Donnie Snow, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, fill Pete Londahl bowl with soup while Journal Times photographer Mark Hertzberg wait to feed other supporters.

Empty Bowls benefit for the Racine County Food Pantry and the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization shelter begin this morning at 11 am at the Masonic Center. By noon the building was filled with volunteers and hungry guests.

Diners first got to choose a hand-made ceramic soup bowl -- some made by professionals, others by local organizations or school children -- and then their choice of soup to fill it. The soups are provided by local restaurants; nothing against Campbell's, but none of these come from a can! When the meal is over, diners get to take their bowl home. During the 11 am sessions civic volunteers Mayor John Dickert, Racine Journal Times photographer Mark Hertzberg, and Racine Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Donnie Snow.

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