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Event raises money for food pantry

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ABOVE: Jeremiah Cox of Midwest Express looks over a selection of more than 400 handmade bowls during the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center on Thursday evening. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Ohio Hi-Point Career Center culinary arts senior Haylee Wright serves a bowl of Italian tortellini soup to Hi-Point administrator Caleb Lang during the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank on Thursday evening. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

The inaugural Empty Bowls fundraiser to help feed the hungry didn’t quite meet organizers’ original expectations, but still proved to be a successful event.

“For the first year, it went very, very well,” organizer Anna Plataniotis of the Second Harvest Food Bank said. “We certainly hoped to have a few more people show up but it was a good way to introduce ourselves to the community. We are hoping next year we will get bigger and better.”

The event raised a total of $5,100, with $4,000 from sponsorships and $1,100 from about 75 people who attended, for the food bank that serves Logan, Champaign and Clark counties.

Participants got to select from 425 handmade ceramic bowls crafted by local students and artists, which were then filled with soups donated to the cause.

 

 

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