Soup Bowl Supper looking for beneficiary

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Steamboat Clay Artisans sent e-mails to the 24 artists who donated a total of more than 500 hours of volunteer time last year to the annual Soup Bowl Supper fund-raiser. The e-mail asked whether they would be willing to help out again. Soup Bowl Supper co-chairwoman Deb Babcock said she was surprised by how quickly everyone replied.

"They all said yes. Everyone enjoys it," she said. "Absolutely no one said no."

Now that all the potters are in place at their wheels, ready to make hundreds of bowls for the event, the SCA is looking for a beneficiary for its successful signature fund-raiser.

For the past three years, potters have made hundreds of bowls, restaurants have donated soup, and the lines have been out the door. In three years, the SCA has raised $19,142 for area nonprofits.

In 2004, Yampa Valley Recycles was the beneficiary of a Soup Bowl Supper that raised $5,800 -- enough for the group to purchase a downtown recycling station for newspapers.

Any nonprofit can apply to be this year's beneficiary. The SCA creates the ceramic bowls, handles publicity and provides volunteers to help run the event. The beneficiary organization will help sell tickets, procure food donations and manage food service at the event, including clean-up.

"When we started the Soup Bowl Supper, we thought it was a neat idea, but we didn't know if it would be popular," Babcock said. "There are so many fund-raisers in town, but this is one of the very few that's really affordable, and you get a piece of art to take home with you."

A date has not been set for the 2005 Soup Bowl Supper. The date will depend on the schedule of the beneficiary. Artists plan to make bowls in the early spring and have them glazed and fired by early summer.

Any organization interested in applying to be the beneficiary should submit a one- or two-page letter describing the organization, explaining what it would use the money for and include an assurance that the group will have enough volunteers for the event.

"This is a partnership," Babcock said.

Letters should be submitted no later than March 1 and should be addressed to SCA, P.O. Box 882111, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488, attn: Soup Bowl Supper Committee.

The beneficiary will be announced no later than March 31. For more information, call Deb Babcock at 846-9349 or Mo Valenta at 846-8487.

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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