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Join us for our 19th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit Night!

Saturday, May 14th • The Loft at The Red Building • Doors open at 5pm

The Soup Bowl is a cherished tradition which brings caring people in Clatsop County together for an evening that demonstrates the power of community. If you are a business owner and are interested in sponsoring the event or making a soup or other donation, please email or call 503-325-3426. 

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About the Event

This year we intend to meet again in person at the Red Building Loft! Save the date for Saturday, May 14, 2022. Doors open at 5pm for an evening of festivity and networking, all while supporting Clatsop County survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and stalking. The expansive views of the Columbia River will serve as the backdrop to provide hope and inspiration after the challenging two-years our community has faced together. Special guests include keynote speaker Oregon Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum; beloved TV personality, author, and actor, David Frei; and honored Clatsop County Circuit Judge, Cindee Matyas. A local domestic violence survivor will also share their experience and story with us. 

Then there are the bowls! Master potter Richard Rowland and his tireless team of volunteers have produced nearly 200 handmade bowls each year for The Harbor. With every ticket sold, attendees get to take home one of these magnificent works of art, to commemorate a spectacular evening and a cause worth celebrating.


The evening will include delicious cuisine, raffle prizes, a premiere silent auction and a paddle raise for a spirited and memorable evening. Ticket holders will also receive free entry to a special afterparty event!  Continue the party at the Astoria Arts and Movement Center in downtown Astoria for a night of music, dancing, and celebration with the legendary queen herself, Ginger Vitus!


This year, we have a limited number of tickets available (150).  Each ticket includes admission to the event, a handcrafted bowl by Master Potter, Richard Rowland, and his wonderful volunteers, choice of soups from local fine dining restaurants, live entertainment, and additional opportunities to support our work while taking home incredible raffle items and prizes. 


Ellen Rosenblum

Guest Speaker

We are so excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum! Ms. Rosenblum has been a supporter of survivors of domestic and sexual violence throughout her prestigious career. She began this work as a prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, and in 2012, was the first woman elected to serve as Oregon's Attorney General.  Read more about Ms. Rosenblum's accomplishments and goals here.


David Frei


David Frei is a television personality, actor and author, known best as co-hosting NBC’s National Dog Show airing on Thanksgiving Day. He has spent over 26 years as the face and voice of the Westminster Kennel Dog Show and its live telecasts on USA network and is commonly known for his expertise while hosting The National Dog Show and The Beverly Hills Dog Show. He has officiated dog shows all over the world and is an American Kennel Club (AKC) licensed judge. He is co-author of The Angel By My Side, in 2002 and Authored Angel on a Leash in 2011 that won a Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award in 2012. David is married to Cherilyn Frei, Chaplain and Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care at Providence Seaside Hospital, one of The Harbor’s most appreciated community partners.


History of Bowls

For 20 years, Richard Rowland has spearheaded a movement of potters and volunteers who create the bowls for this event. His vision, creation and continued stewardship of Astoria’s Anagama Kilns have built an extraordinary gift  of community for which we at the Harbor are very grateful. Each bowl is a unique work of art as well as a collaborative effort.

Ceramics are one of the oldest human art forms. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of fi red ceramics from 26,000 years ago. From ancient vessels to modern sculpture, from the simplest cups to the most complex shapes, pott ery touches every aspect of our lives. The shape of a simple bowl is perhaps the most revered shape in every human culture: the bowl that holds food and water to nourish humanity. 

The Anagama kiln is an ancient type of pottery kiln brought to Japan from China via Korea in the 5th century.  It’s fueled with firewood, in contrast to the electric or gas-fueled kilns commonly used by most contemporary potters.  A continuous supply of fuel is needed for fi ring, as wood thrown into the hot kiln is consumed very rapidly. Stoking occurs round the clock for multiple days and nights. Many of the bowls donated for the Soup Bowl are fired in Richard Rowland’s Anagama kiln ,'Ahi Kaa Roa' ('Fire from Long Ago'). Other bowls are fired at Clatsop County Community College using a modern kiln. Together, the beautifully crafted bowls showcase an amazing variety of the ceramicists art.

Our 2022 Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

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