Ladels Hard at Work for Empty Bowl Benefit

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The ladels were hard at work Saturday, as the Grand Valley Catholic Outreach held it's 12th annual Empty Bowls Benefit to help fight hunger in the Western Slope.

Lines were out the door and around the corner, as nearly one thousand people showed up to the sold out event looking to eat soup and help a good cause.

Once the hungry lines made their way inside the Catholic Outreach Center, they got to choose a handcrafted bowl made by local potters, Mesa State College students, other community members, and even elementary school students.

They then were able to enjoy 35 different kinds of soup and listen to a live string quartet.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the Catholic Outreach Center's soup kitchen, which serves more than 200 people daily.

Organizers say they hope the event opens the community's eyes to an issue that usually goes unnoticed.

"What they will do when they leave is take a bowl they have chosen," said Sister Karen Bland, Director of the Catholic Outreach Center. "As it sits on the shelf, it will remind them that there is need throughout the year."

The Grand Valley Catholic Outreach says it hopes it will be able to reach this year's fundraising goal of $24,000.