Empty Bowls fund raiser to aid United Way

For the fourth consecutive year, United Way officials will mix art and good food with a good cause.The UW's Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. To 1 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 911 Goliad.Cost of the event is $15, which will allow customers to pick out a unique, hand-made bowl and fill it with one of several soups prepared by local residents.Tickets can be purchased through the United Way office or at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.Big Spring High School and Howard College students spent the past several months crafting the bowls, officials said.The bowls will be provided on a first-come, first-served bases, so officials urge attendees to arrive as early as possible.This year's United Way goal is $250,000. Money raised by the drive goes to help several local agencies which provide assistance to those in need.