This year's Arts & Compassion soup luncheon will be held at the Marshalltown High School cafeteria.
The Arts & Culture Alliance and House of Compassion will hold their sixth annual joint fundraiser 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.
Shifting locales will allow the agencies to accommodate more people than the Fisher Community Center Auditorium where the groups usually hold the event.
Ceramic soup bowls line a table at the Fisher Community Center just before last year’s Arts & Compassion luncheon. The sixth-annual fundraiser will be held at the Marshalltown High School Cafeteria. Diners will get to select one of several bowls, like the ones shown here, as part of the $15 admission.
"Last year was just packed," said Mary Giese, executive director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.
The ceramic-themed event will feature a silent auction of about a dozen pieces of locally made pottery. Diners will also be able to choose a soup bowl, which they get to keep, crafted by MHS students as part of the $15 admission.
High school students will also have other ceramics up for bid.
With its space and food-service staff already on hand, Giese said MHS was an easy choice. Plus, it gave the alliance a chance to showcase all the high school does to promote the arts.
Homemade soup and chili, cornbread and a variety of bars and beverages will be on the menu.
Giese said the Arts & Culture Alliance is looking to top its $1,200 total from last year.
"It really does make a difference for us as an organization," Giese said. "We are just trying to keep doing what we are doing and do it a little better each year."
Tickets are available by contacting Mary Giese at the Arts & Culture Center at 641-754-5616 or Jean Bergen at the House of Compassion at 641-752-5999.
Tickets sold in advance go to benefit the respective organization.
Tickets are also available at the door the day of the lunch. Those proceeds are split evenly between the groups.
Luncheon organizers are asking those in attendance to park on the east side of the building near the MHS/Community Auditorium.