[caption id="attachment_22593" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/10\/DSC_0741.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="379" class="size-full wp-image-22593" \/> Laura Young, Director of the Family Resource Network, left, and Cynthia Gurreri, president of the Pocahontas County Arts Council show off two of the dozens of handmade bowls while waiting to greet dinner guests at the Empty Bowls dinner at the Pocahontas County Opera House last Tuesday evening.\u00a0L.D. Bennett photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nLaura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0second annual Empty Bowls dinner was held last Tuesday evening and\u00a0going by the number of guests in attendance, the lively conversations, laughter\u00a0and live fiddle music in the background,\u00a0it was a rousing success.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe dinner\u00a0was held at the Pocahontas County Opera House where everything was\u00a0decorated with festive fall\u00a0accents.\u00a0\r\n\r\nLocal cooks contributed delicious homemade soups, bread and desserts, and, of course,\u00a0fresh apple cider was flowing.\r\n\r\nLocal musicians took turns entertaining the diners, and a silent auction of some very interesting baskets and other items beckoned bidders to raise the ante \u2013 all for a good cause.\r\n\r\nThe fundraising event \u2013 the purpose of which was to raise money for the Family Resource Network\u2019s food pantry \u2013 was spearheaded by Cynthia Gurreri, president of the\u00a0Pocahontas County\u00a0Arts Council.\u00a0\r\n\r\nIt involved a year\u2019s worth of planning and preparation. Diana Nelson\u2019s art students at Pocahontas County High School, and members of the Arts Council fashioned ceramic bowls, decorated and fired them so that each person who attended the dinner not only got a hearty meal on a chilly\u00a0fall evening, but took home a beautiful handmade bowl of their choice.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s wonderful to see the Opera House full of\u00a0families having fun and our community pulling together to benefit those among us who are in need,\u201d FRN Director Laura Young said.\r\n\r\nCountless members of the community volunteered to make the evening a success. And what a success it was \u2013 raising $3,825 for a very worthy cause.\r\n\r\nThe FRN Board would like to thank the community for its generosity.\r\n\r\nGreen Bank Elementary-Middle School art teacher and accomplished potter Alison Flegel is working on an \u201cEmpty Mugs\u201d project for a second Empty\u00a0Bowls event of the season to benefit the FRN food pantry and back pack program.\r\n\r\nThe event will be held at the Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m. Same menu \u2013 soup, bread and desserts \u2013 only the venue and vessels will change.