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Soccer stars serve up artful soup at Empty Bowls fundraiser for Houston Food Bank

Soccer stars don aprons and serve up artful soup at Empty Bowls lunch

Empty Bowls event 2015 Jordan Jackson and Kealia Ohai of Houston Dash
Jordan Jackson and Kealia Ohai of Houston Dash help serve soup. Photo by Paula Murphy
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Houston Dynamo Brian Ching samples the chicken noodle soup from Whole Foods Market. Photo by Adele Brady
Empty Bowls event 2015 Whole Foods Market representatives
Jeanette Webster, from left, artist Collette Spears and Rachel Hewlett.  Photo by Paula Murphy
Empty Bowls event 2015 Craig Clark potter artist
Local potter and artist Craig Clark gives live pottery demonstrations. Photo by Paula Murphy
Empty Bowls event 2015 Karl Compton potters wheel
Karl Compton, left, of  Foelber Pottery Studio & Gallery, works with a young event guest. Photo by Paula Murphy
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Brian Ching of Houston Dynamo helped serve food at the event. Photo by Adele Brady
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Brian Ching, from left, with event chair Renee LeBlanc, granddaughter Elise Deans, Andy and Virginia Bally, and Paula Murphy.  Photo by Adele Brady
Empty Bowls event 2015 Jordan Jackson and Kealia Ohai of Houston Dash
Empty Bowls event 2015 Brian Ching Dynamo
Empty Bowls event 2015 Whole Foods Market representatives
Empty Bowls event 2015 Craig Clark potter artist
Empty Bowls event 2015 Karl Compton potters wheel
Empty Bowls event 2015 Brian Ching Dynamo 3
Empty Bowls event 2015 Brian Ching Dynamo 2

What: The 11th annual Empty Bowls Houston fundraiser.

Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

The 411: Houston area ceramists and craft artists created more than 1,000 artful soup bowls for the annual fundraiser at which guests making a minimum donation of $25 each were given their choice of a bowl. The casual affair included a bowl of soup and a slice of bread, provided by Whole Foods Market. A number of artists displayed their creative talents on site as former Houston Dynamo great Brian Ching and Houston Dash stars Kealia Ohai and Jordan Jackson helped serve guests.

The midday event raised more than $87,000, which will provide more than 261,000 meals through Houston Food Bank. Additional funds will be received in mid-June when proceeds from an auction of artful bowls at Archway Gallery is concluded. 

Who: Event chair Renee LeBlanc plus committee members Andre Bally, Virginia Bally, Dorothy Broaddus, Tom Irven, Miriam Mendoza, Kay Nguyen, Samantha Oldham, Thomas Perry and Paula Murphy.