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Artists and restaurants collaborate on bowl-of-soup fundraiser for On the Rise in Cambridge

Posted by boston.com  December 10, 2013 10:14 AM

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Bowls - filled with soup - will be available for a $30 donation

Handmade pottery bowls will be filled with hearty soups on Dec. 15, as local eateries and artists join forces to raise money for On The Rise Inc., a non-profit that offers homeless women a sanctuary in the day.

On The Rise, at 341 Broadway, offers women a safe space where they can find food, clothing, a sense of community, and the resources that can help them move out of homelessness. Staff help the women access services like healthcare, navigate the court system, and find counseling and rehabilitation services.

“The Empty Bowls Project is a wonderful idea that involves local restaurants and artists,” said Martha Sandler, executive director of On The Rise. “For $30, participants can pick a beautiful, hand-made bowl donated by area pottery studios and fill it with delicious soup. And once the soup is gone, participants get to keep the bowl.”

The dishwasher and oven safe bowls, available for a $30 donation, were made by more than 30 artists during a special event held at the Feet of Clay in Brookline, according to a press release. Additional bowls were collected by Somerville's Mudflat Studio.

Restaurant sponsors of the project include 1369 Coffeehouse, City Girl Cafe, East Coast Grill, Puritan and Co., Sweet Basil Catering, Nashoba Brook Bakery and Trina’s Starlite Lounge.

The fundraiser will be held at Ole Mexican Grill at 11 Springfield St. between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at shandana.mufti@globe.com.

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