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Fighting hunger with empty bowl soup luncheon

Press Photo by Linda Sailer Andrew McGarva wipes away the excess glaze on a bowl he made Thursday in the Dickinson State University art department. He's making several bowls for the upcoming Empty Bowl fundraiser

Local artists are making dozens of soup bowls for a fundraiser to fight hunger.

"Empty Bowls is an event that brings an awareness of members in the community whose bowls are empty -- there's no soup in their bowls," Microtel Inn and Suites administrative assistant Marilyn Sahlstrom said.

Microtel is hosting an Empty Bowls fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 and proceeds are dispersed by the Dickinson United Way to local food programs, she said.

Empty Bowls is an international effort created by The Imagine Render Group to fight hunger. Potters, craftspeople, educators and other volunteers create handcrafted bowls.

Guests are invited to have a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of the empty bowls in the world, according to a press release.

Dickinson State University ceramics students and faculty will donate dozens of handmade bowls for the event.

Other donors include the DSU graphic arts class and Mary Lovell. Corporate sponsor bowls were made by Andrew McGarva, Robin Reynolds and Tod Winter.

Reynolds encouraged students in her classes to make bowls.

"It's to help the community and to have the students work toward a goal that's not just work for themselves -- they're working to benefit others," she said.

McGarva made six corporate bowls and another five or six smaller bowls.

"It's for a good cause," he said.

Sahlstrom said every soup bowl is different.

"It's wonderful for the university to be able to have students involved in creating bowls to give as donations," she said.

The sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery are making the breads, while Terry Ferderer is preparing the chicken noodle soup.

"Make a donation and find a bowl, then sit in the lobby and have a nice bowl of hot soup and bread and think about the people who are hungry in our community," Sahlstrom said.

If anyone is interested in being a corporate bowl sponsor, contact Sahlstrom at Microtel, 701-456-2000 or the United Way office, 701-483-1233.