FARMINGTON — Handmade ceramic bowls are on the market for a charitable cause at San Juan College's 13th annual Hospice Charity Bowl sale.

The sale benefits Northwest New Mexico Hospice. Organizers hope to set a fundraising record to top the $12,000 of last year.

The sale began Thursday and will continue from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today in the Henderson Fine Arts Center 9000 rooms.

Soup bowls are $10 and come with soup.

"We take all people regardless of their ability to pay," said Brenda Dostaler, hospice administrator. "The last two years were banner years."

College students and faculty made more than 1,300 bowls this year, said Don Ellis, arts instructor at the college.

"This is by far the most bowls we've ever had, and it went smoother than last year," Ellis said.

Many students began planning for the sale months in advance.

Beau Betoni, Ellis' lab technician, has participated for the past two years.

"It was a little more stressful this year because I wanted more pieces," Betoni said.

Student and faculty vendors around the room will also sell a variety of ceramic, glass and other goods. Twenty percent of vendor sales revenue goes toward the charity.

Cindy McNealy, gallery coordinator at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, started the bowl sale event after her father died, Dostaler said.

"(He) was in the hospice and after he passed away, she wanted to give something back," she said. "It's always well attended. It's become a real community event. The number of bowls has increased, but people were here very early.


Bowls get picked over quickly."

Northwest New Mexico Hospice was opened in Farmington by Presbyterian Medical Services. It is the county's only nonprofit hospice and supportive living center.

For more information about the bowl sale call Cindy McNealy at 505-566-3464.