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Updated: 11/09/2013 08:00:03AM

‘No one goes hungry’

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Leanna McLure of Arcadia, and Karen Close of Port Charlotte attended Empty Bowls for the first time and thought it was wonderful.

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Perusing the silent auction table are, from back, Lindsey Cometa, Jane Pomeroy and Sara Ogg.

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Some of the many volunteers from New Day Christian Church and Liberty Elementary School took a moment to pose for a photo. Front row: Trey Hazeltine, 10; Seth Dobbs, 9; Gregory Torales, 6; Jonathan Parker, 10; and Brenna Pennacchi, 10. Back row: Tristan Heu, 10; Emma Barber, 10; Emmalee Lowe, 10; Nicholette Moss, 11; Erica Brockett, 15; Annabel Ramirez, 10; and Olivia Torales, 9.

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Volunteer Mary Jo Holleran waits for Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent Doug Whittaker to choose a soup as volunteers Tre Carroll, 10; and Isabella Ramos, 8, look on.

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Volunteering as a family at Empty Bowls for the first time are Tricia Carroll, her son Tre, 10, and her mom Patti.

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Sisters Collyn, 17; Logan, 15; and Lara Shelatz, 12, show off the bowls they chose.

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Charlotte County Public Schools spokesman Mike Riley holds up the Empty Bowls T-shirt that he purchased at the event.

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Tammy Dobbs and her daughter, Abigail, 6, are having a hard time choosing their bowl among the more than 600 created by Charlotte County students, teachers and community members.

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Mary Morau-Zieman writes down her bid on a silent auction item.

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Charlene Hayman, Mark Holt and Bill Wilkens stand by, ready to serve the hundreds of people who attended the Empty Bowls event.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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MURDOCK — When Liberty Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Joann Winkler first started Empty Bowls 14 years ago, it appealed to her as a way to help those in need.

No one goes hungry in Charlotte County, she thought, so I will help those in other areas of the state.

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