Empty Bowl Dinner Benefits At Risk Youth

By Megan Carpenter | mcarpenter@nexstar.tv

Published 10/20 2016 09:31PM

Updated 10/20 2016 10:45PM

The 10th annual Empty Bowl dinner went off without a hitch Thursday night in Colchester.  More than 250 people packed the Elley-Long Music Center, eating homemade soup, and donating to a critical organization.

Spectrum Youth and Family Services served 1,500 people in the Burlington area this past year.  The non-profit's Executive Director says it will serve 12,000 meals to young people in need this coming year.  Donations from the Empty Bowl event will pay for those.

 "We're now less than half funded by government sources, which means we need to raise dollars to support our work from private individuals, companies and foundations," says Executive Director Mark Redmond.  "We've done this for years, but it's increasingly become more important so we can keep our doors open for young people."

Redmond says the soup was donated by more than a dozen local restaurants.  The ceramic bowls were made by local potters, which people got to keep at the end of the night.

"Last year, we netted over $45,000, but this year is even bigger, so, I'm expecting over $50,000," says Redmond.

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