Filling stomachs with empty bowls
The annual empty bowls fundraiser is more than an excuse to eat a bowl of chili. It's a community event that, this year, raised about $2,200 for the Lions Club Food Bank.
According to the Kuskokwim Art Guild, who threw the event Saturday alongside the University of Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus and the Bethel Lions Club, about 75 people with ages ranging from 5 to 65 years old made 216 bowls for the fundraiser at the Lions Club.
Ross Boring of the Bethel Lions Club singlehandedly prepared all of the food, which included chili, split pea soup, chicken noodle soup, vegetarian chili and brownies.
"I think it's really a phenomenal community event. Over a hundred people have been involved in this event between making the bowls, filling the bowls and eating the food," said Kuskokwim Art Guild's Anne Kosacheff.