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Soups, bowls, ice cream make for winning combination in Pa.

April 14, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Sue Stahl and Lucas Stahl from Chambersburg, Pa., peruse the bowls available in the "Soup for Soul" fundraiser benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg on Sunday.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Chambersburg fundraiser for the community’s less fortunate came back for seconds Sunday.

Chambersburg Area Senior High School’s art department hosted its second annual “Soup for Soul” fundraiser and earmarked this year’s revenue for the Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Reins of Rhythm.

About 85 people bought tickets to fill a handcrafted bowl of their choosing with one of six varieties of soup. Donated Goose Bros. ice cream and Starbucks beverages also were served at the event at Central Presbyterian Church.

“We found our bowl donors and soup donors were very generous again,” said Holly Strayer, an art teacher.

The fundraiser closely mirrored the original one from 2012, although the organizers selected a new charity. They said they want to rotate causes.

“We just felt there was need for underprivileged kids to have funding for activities and arts and crafts. They often are fed at the Boys & Girls Club,” Strayer said.

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“We had a great success last year and a good amount of turnout. The students, our volunteers, a lot of them are back,” said Nicole Jacobs-Soper, also a teacher.

Cindy Happel, who works for the Chambersburg Area School District, attended Soup for Soul both years.

“It’s a good cause, and you get to go home with a bowl,” Happel said.

She sat with Deb Shandera, a Chambersburg woman who made a bowl for the fundraiser. She belongs to a pottery guild in Mont Alto, Pa.

Shandera said she throws the clay for a half-hour to make a bowl, then trims, fires and glazes it. She said the whole process takes about 90 minutes, divided into steps.

Shandera said she tried to consider the size and colors that would make her bowl popular. Her 18-year-old son, Nick, also made a bowl for Soup for Soul.

Chambersburg neighbors Lisa LaVanture and Angela Stickell walked to the event together.

“I thought it was such a neat idea,” LaVanture said of the fundraiser.

Stickell started envisioning her bowl filled with hydrangeas for its reuse. She and her neighbor compared the styles of their bowls, noting that LaVanture’s had a mustache painted on it.

“I’m ready to come next year,” Stickell told LaVanture.

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