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March 15th, 2010
Empty Bowl project gets 'souper' results

031110jeryrachExecutive Director of the Hays County Food Bank Jerry Gracy receives proceeds from the benefit from Empty Bowls coordinator Rachel Najera.


Helen’s Casa Alde Restaurant in Buda recently hosted a benefit for the Hays County Food Bank, the Empty Bowls project, sponsored by the Kyle/Buda Women Democrats.

The sale of homemade soups and a silent auction garnered $2,000 for the cause.

Local Democratic leaders were on hand with the ladles. Dishing out soup to attendees were State Representative Patrick Rose, Hays County Precinc 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, Kyle Mayor oLucy Johnson, Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner candidate Ray Bryant and Buda City Councilmember Sandra Tenorio.

The soups ran the gamut of varieties from comforting corn chowder and chicken tortilla soup to the creative black bean sweet potato chili.

Musical entertainment was provided by Hilary Kaufman Smith. The potters Fraser Harris, Harris, Mel Cornshucker, Mike Grafa and Paul Lewis donated items for the silent auction.

The Empty Bowls project will have a similar event next year, slated for Feb. 27, 2011, at the old Kyle City Hall.

Those wishing to contribute to next year’s project by donating items for the silent auction or handmade bowls for soup should contact Rachel Najera at or (512) 6-1133.

The Hays County Food Bank provides food to agencies and individuals throughout Hays County. A $25 donation can help feed a family of four for two weeks. More information on the food bank is available by visiting

031110rachlEmpty Bowls coordinator Rachel Najera stands with unique a collection of soup bowls.

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