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Hospice fundraiser to offer face bowls

Seth Mabry

Gary Lee of Rising Sun Pottery is offering face bowls in his annual "Empty Bowl" Hospice fundraiser.


For the first time ever, face bowls will be offered Tuesday at the annual “Empty Bowl” benefit that raises money for Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County.

“We have 11 face soup mugs for sale this year,” said Gary Lee, owner of the pottery studio. “Since this is the first time we’ve ever offered face bowls, they are sure to be collector items.”

Lee said the line starts forming about 4 p.m. for those who are serious about getting their first choice of bowls. A total of 401 bowls — made by Rising Sun pottery students, co-op members and area potters ­­— will be available for purchase.

Face bowls are $20 each and traditional bowls are $10 each. A wide variety of colors, shapes and designs are available to choose from.

Sixty percent of the gross sales from the 14th annual event will go to the organization. “That’s gross, not net,” Lee said. “We make sure Hospice gets paid first from the event.”

Once shoppers choose their soup bowls, they can fill them up with homemade vegetable beef soup or potato soup.

“These two soups have become something that people really look forward to each year,” Lee said.

“Both are made completely from scratch.”

Carol Preston, one of Rising Sun’s studio potters and longtime member of the studio, makes the homemade vegetable beef soup.  Monica Pendleton of Crouse is the chef for the potato soup, which was added for those with vegetarian lifestyles.  Drinks, desserts and bread will also be available.

“We’re hoping for good cool fall weather so that we sell all the bowls,” Lee said.

If any of the delicious soups are left, Lee plans to donate it to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County.

“Times are hard for many nonprofit and service organizations right now,” Lee said. “This is what we do each year to do our part to help out.”

Want to go?

Rising Sun Pottery is located at 209 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton. The event will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, but the line starts forming at 4 p.m.

MARTHA K. SEAGLE, Staff Writer

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