It didn't take long. Fifteen minutes into the “Filling an Empty Bowl” fundraiser, the place was packed. Hosted by the Volunteers of America, funds raised benefit Sheridan's Community Shelter for the homeless.
The only fundraiser of the year for the homeless shelter, coordinator Angela Lockard says the event is a good reminder.
Tortilla, tomato basil, chicken noodle, chile, and taco soup, the night was a smogasboard dinner of soup and bread, served in hand-crafted bowls that could be taken home.
Unlike other shelters, Sheridan's Community Shelter is open 365 days a year, 24/7 and depends on the money raised.
Lockard has worked for VOA for three years and says it's all about making a difference.
The event was held at the YMCA. Last year over 700 people attended the fundraiser and this year, volunteers prepared enough soup hoping to feed at least 800 people.