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Chappaqua Charity Soup Dinner Raises Thousands

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Hundreds of soup lovers filled their brand new bowls on Monday night for an Empty Bowls charity dinner at the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua.

Bowls were handmade by potters in the New Castle Arts Center and sold for $25 each, with 100 percent of proceeds being directly donated to local food pantries.

"We have the whole community helping," said organizer Anne Gans, who helped in making bowls. "Even though one person might have thrown a pot on the wheel, somebody else probably glazed it."

Working hard to keep up with the demand, potters made 290 bowls for the event. Some residents wiling to contribute happily settled for Ramen noodles when the handmade bowls sold out.

Crabtree's Kittle House, Le Jardin du Roi, King Street Restaurant and Bar, Ladle of Love, Panera Bread, Gail Patrick's Café, Taylored Menus and Via Venti provided soup for the event.

Money was also raised through multiple raffles that included donated items from community members and artists. According to organizer Penny Vane, the event raised nearly $7,800 before the raffle.

Local musicians, including an a cappella group from Horace Greeley High School also donated their services to the event. Proceeds from the all-volunteer dinner will be donated to the Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and the Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry in Pleasantville.

"It’s really been a total community effort," Gans said. "It couldn’t have been done otherwise."

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