Fund-raiser provides new recycling unit

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With more than $5,000 earned at the Soup Bowl Supper fund-raiser, Yampa Valley Recycles plans to build a fourth pedestrian recycling unit in Steamboat Springs.

The existing recycling containers hold vending boxes for local and statewide newspapers, along with a slot for recycling those publications. Three bins already are in place at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, and on Third Street near the post office. The location of the next one has to be determined.

Yampa Valley Recycles was chosen from 14 nonprofit organizations that applied to the Steamboat Clay Artisans to be recipients of proceeds from this year's Soup Bowl Supper. Steamboat Clay Artisans donates the clay, time and resulting bowls to the fund-raiser. The nonprofit must provide the food for the fund-raiser. The nonprofit also is in charge of set-up, serving and clean-up for the fund-raiser.

The Oct. 2 event was the third annual Soup Bowl Supper. Between tickets sales and silent auction items, $5,840 was raised.

The dinner was held in two seatings. The first seating sold out, and more than 100 people came to the second seating.

"It was an absolute ball," organizer Deb Babcock said. "On a per person basis, this was the highest amount we raised in the three years of the event. A lot of people said this was they had come every year. That made all the potters feel really good."

For the 2003 event, the Steamboat Clay Artisans made 300 bowls and hosted three seatings.

"It was a stretch for us," Babcock said. "People were rushed in and out. This year, we limited it to two seatings. It worked out well. It was relaxing and comfortable. That's how we'll do it from now on."

This year's event, through the efforts of Yampa Valley Recycles, was "zero waste." Members of the nonprofit group brought pieces of cloth to be used as napkins and gave out recycled plastic mugs with the Yampa Valley Recycles logo that attendees could take home with their ceramic bowls. Diners used soup spoons that were donated by Colorado Mountain College in the first year of the event.

Steamboat Clay Artisans will host the Soup Bowl Supper again in 2005 and will accept applications for recipients in January.

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