Annual Soup Bowl Luncheon slated for March 11

Event supports the House of Compassion

T-R FILE PHOTO The annual House of Compassion Soup Bowl Luncheon will be held Sunday, March 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at St. Henry Catholic Church’s Fellowship Hall. Soup, breads and desserts will be served in student-made clay bowls, which attendees may keep.

Homemade soup, artisan-crafted bowls, desserts, and community spirit are all things to be found at the upcoming House of Compassion Soup Bowl Luncheon fundraiser, which will take place Sunday, March 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at St. Henry Catholic Church’s Fellowship Hall, located at 211 W. Olive St. in Marshalltown.

“It’s our major fundraiser of the year, and our favorite,” said HoC Director Karen Frohwein.

It’s also a community-wide initiative.

Students from Kirk Niehouse’s pottery class at Marshalltown High School make and donate the clay bowls that the soup will be served in; luncheon attendees are welcome to keep the bowls.

At a cost of $10 per person or $25 for families of three or more, folks can enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, and an array of breads and desserts, plus a beverage.

“We will have chili, chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles, and new this year, a vegetarian soup,” Frohwein added. “The bowls have become kind of a collectors material, and we have people contact us from out of state about [the event].”

Each bowl is hand thrown and unique in size, shape and color. All bowls are glazed and fired, and thus are safe to use for serving food.

House of Compassion volunteers will prepare and serve the meal.

Funds raised will go to cover the cost of the HoC’s general operating expenses, as well as to pay for a new roof for the building.

“We need $30,000 for a new roof, plus we are going to be reopening the overnight shelter with people staying upstairs, so it will take funding to remodel the space,” she said.

To learn more, contact Frohwein at: 641-752-5999.


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