Arts & Culture / Mosaic / February 25, 2010

A souper fundraiser for Galesburg

This past Tuesday, sounds of slurping filled the Galesburg Community Center, which hosted Great Bowls of Soup from 5 to 7 p.m.

This is the second year of the event where local artists and restaurants came together to raise money for the Galesburg Civic Art Center

“I thought it was wonderful; it went really well,” said Heather Norman, director of the Galesburg Civic Art Center. “We had about 300 people and really pretty much had a sold-out event. We only had a few tickets left.”

The event raised around $5,000 for the Civic Art Center and began last year.

“It is an event that is done in different communities. Sometimes it is chili and sometimes it’s spaghetti. We decided to do soup,” Norman said. “Last year was very, very successful and we decided to do it again. People really enjoyed last year. We just got a lot of really good feedback. We literally decided to do it six weeks before and did it without much advertising.”

Each person who bought a ticket got soup and whichever ceramic bowl they wanted to take home. Local artists created all the bowls. The soup was donated by local restaurants. There was also music provided by the local folk-pop band No Reason.

Norman is unsure if the event will take place next year.

“That decision has not been made yet,” she said. “All the bowls are donated by local artists. Anywhere from seven to 100 bowls is a lot to ask them to do on a yearly basis.”

Matthew Wheaton

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