Amy Lindsey | GC News-GazetteAfter participants selected their favorite bowl, they came to get it filled with their favorite soup from local restaurants.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

After participants selected their favorite bowl, they came to get it filled with their favorite soup from local restaurants.

The "Empty Bowls" event, hosted by the Grayson County Alliance, raised over $4,200 for the food pantry on Monday, Feb. 12.

The event took place at St. Joseph's Catholic Church from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the goal of the event was to raise the community's awareness of hunger.

According to Alliance Director Debbie Childress, one in six people are going hungry at any given moment.

Together with Art teacher Beverly Dowell's Grayson County High School Ceramics classes and members of the community, the Grayson County Alliance was able to host this event, providing hand-crafted bowls of soup.

In addition to creating 51 bowls for donations, Beverly Dowell said she and the students were very pleased with what they brought and they enjoyed teaching members of the Alliance how to create the bowls.

In addition to community members donating bowls, soups were donated by Josh Dowell, of Twin Lakes Home Inspection, Patriot Deli, Zanda Myers, K's Cafe, Farmer's Feedmill and Captain D's, Larry Elmore, Deb Mulligan, and Beverly Dowell donated hand-crafted bowls for the silent auction and Martina Burkhead donated cakes for the silent auction. Flower decorations were donated by Brad Mudd and local businesses and politicians were able to sponsor tables.

Childress said the Grayson County Detention Center helped with the setup for the event.

According to Childress, 142 bowls were donated by professional artists and members of the community.

The recommended donation for a hand-crafted bowl with soup of choice was $25 and the recommended donation for a regular ceramic bowl and soup of choice was $10.

According to Childress, she hopes every time someone looks at the bowls they chose from this event, they will be reminded of all of the people who go hungry every day.

Childress was very pleased with the event and said, "This was a great way for the community to come together for a good cause."

According to Childress, there were a few bowls leftover after the event concluded and she said if they are not claimed by the artists, they will be used for next year's Empty Bowls event.

Childress said she has already started thinking about what to add next year. She said she was thinking about incorporating home painting parties.

Childress wanted to thank everyone for their help in bringing this event to life, "We deeply appreciate the volunteers who stepped up and worked many hard and long hours to make it all happen. Special thanks to Bev Dowell and her students at the GCHS Art Department and all those who created 142 bowls. Thank you to all businesses and candidates who were table sponsors, silent auction donors, and supplied soup. We couldn't be happier with our first year!"