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Soup bowls them over at annual fund-raiser

February 18, 2002

Soup bowls them over at annual fund-raiser



By MARLO BARNHART
marlob@herald-mail.com


It was Kathie Wold's first time at the Potter's Bowl fund-raiser but she hopes it won't be her last.

"I've tried to get tickets before but was unsuccessful ... until this year," Wold said as she looked over the goodies on the auction table.

The unique event - in its seventh year - was held Sunday evening at Trinity Lutheran Church. It was obvious that not one more seat could have been squeezed into the church's fellowship hall on Randolph Avenue.

The formula for the joint B'nai Abraham Synagogue/Trinity fund-raiser is very simple and very successful, said co-chair Carol Mendelsohn, who along with Janet Shaool brought the effort to reality this year.

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Potters from all around the Tri-State area are invited to create a number of bowls that are donated to the event, Mendelsohn said.

Volunteers create great quantities of breads, salads, desserts and soups ranging from the simple to the sublime, serving the soup into the bowls chosen earlier by those who attend.

After dinner is over, the bowls go home with their new owners. Leftover soups are donated to local soup kitchens, Mendelsohn said.

People in the community buy tickets - this year 235 people each bought a $25 ticket, which brings to $5,875 the amount raised just on the dinner. Additional funds were gained through an auction plus the sale of any leftover bowls.

"All that is raised is earmarked for the Hagerstown Free Clinic," Mendelsohn said.

When the ticket holders arrived, they chose their bowl from a dazzling array of styles, shapes and sizes. Seated at tables with friends or strangers or both, they waited their turn to stand in the soup line of their choice.

For three or four years, Rod Meyer has contributed his artistic talents to the project. This year, the Waynesboro, Pa., artisan made 10 bowls.

"It's a very worthwhile cause," Meyer said.

Other contributing artists were Vivian Ogle, Audry Berdanier, Mim Reisberg, Hayden Rudolph, Kerry Benedict, Tammy Staley, Del Martin, Doris Hoopengartner, Chad Wiles, Julie Miller, Steve Wright, Joseph Campbell, Judy Bottom, Brian Simmons, Ben Culbertson, Ben Jones, Lucy Ecker, Barbra Brody and Barry Chlypavka.

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