For the 24th Annual Empty Bowl, large crowds filled the room searching for bowls, eating the endless amount of soup and coming together as Alaskans to help feed the community.

"The bowls are all made by local artists woodturners, clay artists and kids at high schools," said Lisa Sauder, Bean's Cafe executive director.
"The community comes out and celebrates that and raise money and awareness for our community."

More than a thousand bowls at the event were made by local artists who want to give back their talents to the community and be in homes across Anchorage.

"It's great to give back. I've been through some hard times, so it's really great to be able to give back while I can," said Chris Remick, Alaska Woodturners member. "I think everyone needs to give back."

"You want to feel like you're accomplishing something or leaving something behind," said potter Chuck Colht. "I kinda think of it as a legacy, because ceramics last a long time-- and [in] a thousand years, my bowls may be still around."

There are hundreds of volunteers who give their time to help with this event, from running the auctions to serving the soups.

"Anchorage is kind of known for giving back, so I just want to be a part of it," said Mike Dunn, soup server.

Including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, who couldn't be more proud of his community.

"This is an amazing community. People respond when asked; this is a reflection of what a great place Anchorage is to live in," said Mayor Berkowitz. "It just makes me proud to be someone who is a part of this."

A little sip of soup and a donated bowl go a long way in making a difference in Alaskan's lives.

"Every dollar that was raised here today will feed a hungry Alaskan," said Sauder. "Because of our generous sponsors, a hundred percent of the costs were covered before we walked through the door. So every soup mix we sell, every ticket we sold, all goes right to feeding hungry people in our community."

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