The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank held its seventh annual Soup and a Bowl fundraiser at the Genetti Hotel on Friday.
With their soup and dessert, the luncheon's attendees received a handmade clay bowl, hundreds of which were donated by local students and artisans.
Attendees also bought tickets for a prize raffle that included gift baskets, entertainment tickets and free meals.
Williamsport High School students Aleesha Smith, left, and Sabrina Nolan throw pots at Friday’s Soup and a Bowl fundraiser for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
Between the 340 tickets sold for the meal, and with money raised by the raffle and sponsorships from area businesses, this year's Soup and a Bowl raised more than $18,000 for the food bank.
"That's more than we've ever raised before," said Jamie Caputo, Williamsport manager for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. "Every dollar we raise provides six meals for people in need, so that's almost 109,000 meals."
"There's a lot more people now that come," said Judy Van Sant, of Williamsport, who has volunteered at the Food Bank for about six years. "This is a really nice event."
Williamsport High School art students donated about 100 bowls to the Food Bank. Several of their students demonstrated pottery wheel work during the luncheon.
"It's our first year here," said Kelly Fischer, a Williamsport High junior. "We're not used to having this many people watch us, but it's really fun. Some of those pots, when we opened up the kiln there was glaze dripping down over everything. They turned out perfect."
Other schools donating pottery were Penn College of Technology, Lycoming College and Bucktail, Montoursville and Selinsgrove high schools.
Kathy Sterngold, of Lycoming College, designed this year's commemorative bowl that was available for an additional $25.
"This year was amazing," Caputo said. "We already have people asking for when they can get tickets for next year."