Potter's Bowl pairs soup with the arts to support Community Caregivers

Union Leader Correspondent
January 21. 2018 8:46PM
Cindee Alice Tanuma, executive director of Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, shows off some of the 2018 handcrafted bowls for the organization's annual Potter's Bowl at Pinkerton Academy. This year's event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 in the academy's freshmen cafeteria. (CHRIS GAROFOLO/UNION LEADER Correspondent)

DERRY — While not the largest annual fundraiser for Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, the upcoming Potter’s Bowl is certainly the most enjoyable for guests, who have the opportunity to sample some of the region’s best soup while celebrating the arts in Greater Londonderry.

“It’s our funnest event because we get to keep in touch with people in the local community; they’re able to give back in some way and you get the people who come to the event every year and look forward to getting a new bowl for their collection,” said Cindee Alice Tanuma, executive director of Community Caregivers. “A lot of people may have fundraisers that make them more money, but do they mobilize the community as much? Doubtful.”

Some 70 volunteers, including many area high school students, donate their time to help pick up equipment and food, transfrom Pinkerton Academy’s Freshmen Cafeteria into a festive community bistro and dole out hot bowls of soup in locally made pottery bowls.

This year’s event will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Pinkerton cafeteria. Participants may select a handcrafted bowl and enjoy more than a dozen different soups, as well as breads, desserts and other items donated by local vendors.

Tickets are $40 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) and are available ahead of time at the Caregivers office located at 1B Commons Drive, Unit 10, in Londonderry or at the door the evening of the fundraiser. The ticket price includes the pottery bowl.

Now in its 13th year, the Potter’s Bowl typically raises about $10,000 for Community Caregivers, a volunteer network of more than 500 people covering seven towns to assist elderly or disabled individuals maintain independence in their homes. The caregiving program offers everything from transportation to snow removal, in addition to the Loaner’s Closet, a collection of medical equipment for those in need.

“Our mission is enriching lives and supporting individuals through a compassionate volunteer network,” Tanuma said. “I really feel like it’s so authentic to our mission of people helping people.”

In addition to the roughly 20 local artisans donating pottery, there is a 50/50 raffle and about 70 items have been provided for a silent auction. More than $5,000 worth of goods were donated, including items from authors, quilt makers, photographers and painters.

Organizers have set up a pottery wheel demonstration an hour prior to the start time for those who arrive early. The Red Star Twirlers will again serve hungry patrons at the event.

For Tanuma, the event is perfect for the snowy season when a warm bowl of soup is the norm.

“What I love about the timing of the event is that it’s in the dead of winter, when there’s not a whole lot to do,” she said. “I like the fact that it’s a down-home event that the average person can afford to go to.”


For more information, residents may contact Caregivers at 432-0877 (ext. 1).

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