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'Soup Up the Arts' benefit today at Sebring High

SEBRING - The mix of artistic bowls filled with soup for good causes comes together from 4-7 p.m. today at the 12th Annual Soup up the Arts at Sebring High School.

The event, hosted by the Sebring High Art Club and National Art Honor Society, will raises funds for art scholarships and families in need.

This year, Soup Up the Arts will help two local families with medical financial needs - the families of Zak Taylor, a sixth-grade at Hill-Gustat Middle School with neurofibromatosis type 1 and Mary Goldburne, who is going through chemotherapy and taking care of six grandchildren, including one who has autism.

The Art Club and Art Honor Society members created more than 450 handmade bowls and decorations, while local restaurants and businesses are donating some of their best soup, bread, desserts, drinks, supplies and funds toward the event.

The public is invited to "soup it up" for $10, which provides a handmade bowl of their choice, along with soup, bread, dessert and a drink.

The art students worked on different committees to plan and organize the event.

As a member of the planning committee, Alahni McGahee worked with the sponsors and handled the treasury duties. She also glazed some of the bowls.

Elton Gargano specialized in communicating with the sponsors, but he also made and glazed bowls.

Gargano said he called nearly every restaurant in Highlands County and also called businesses for support. He made and glazed soup bowls.

What kinds of soup will be available?

"We are going to have all sorts of soups - broccoli/cheddar, chicken noodle, tortilla soup," Gargano said. "All sorts of good stuff."

The menu lists about a dozen soups that will be available including: wonton, creamy onion, spinach, wild spring mushroom and veggie brown bean.

Anthony Saja created a variety of bowls in different shapes and colors.

"I just kind of go with it; whatever I'm making, I just continue going with whatever direction it is going in," he said.

Shanordo Scott makes bowls from start to finish.

"I build them up and let them do the glazing," he said.

His bowls feature a variety of rich hues of blues and greens.