empty bowlsLocal students serve participants in last year's Empty Bowls event.
Where can you get a bowl of gourmet soup served in a hand-thrown pottery bowl that you get to keep, and have your $10 donated to The Harry Chapin Food Bank? Circle the date and plan now to attend Empty Bowls 2013 on Saturday, January 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And not only do you get do you get the soup and the bowl, but you can listen to live music, watch pottery demonstrations, buy items from a silent auction, and just have a fine time at beautiful Cambier Park. Your new bowl will be a reminder of the event’s purpose of fighting hunger in our community.
More than 2,000 bowls made by Collier County students will be available. At least 38 local restaurants will be providing a minimum of 10 gallons of their specialty soup. The presenting sponsor is Panera Bread.
Empty Bowls events have taken place all over the country, and our local event was originally spearheaded by Donna Torrance, a pottery teacher at Barron Collier High School and founder of the Barron Collier High School Potters Guild. Torrance learned about Empty Bowls from a student whose father was involved with the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Barron Collier’s current pottery teacher and potter’s guild instructor, Adam Meistrell, directs the student efforts. The year’s co-chairs are Rochelle Moore and Betsy Dawson. Rochelle and Betsy were introduced to the event when their children were pottery students of Donna Torrance. “Chairing the event has become almost a full time job,” Dawson says. “I spend 4-5 hours a day on Empty Bowls. Our work began in February of this year, almost as soon as last year’s event concluded.”
Barron Collier students aren’t the only people in on the action. Other Collier County schools making bowls also include Avalon Elementary, East Naples Middle School, Golden Gate High School, Gulf Coast High School, Lely High School and Vineyards Elementary School. In addition, 400 adult volunteers donate their pottery as well as their time to paint and package the pottery.
A silent auction will be held in the front of the park near the 8th Street entrance during the Empty Bowls event. Attendees can bid on more than 60 items including pottery donated by local professional artists. There also will be a “pay-and-take” table with various pottery items–most priced at less than $30.
Entertainment at the event includes the popular Barron Collier Drum line as well as pottery-making demonstrations and the opportunity to paint one of the bowls that will be used in the 2014 Empty Bowls event.
For more information about the Naples Empty Bowls 2013, contact Rochelle Moore at (239) 377-1229 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the www.emptybowlsnaples.org.
About The Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 160 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. More than one million pounds of food are distributed by the food bank each month. For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back to the community. In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 15 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $24.9 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 12.5 million meals to people in need.
For more information, or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, call (239) 334-7007 or go to www.harrychapinfoodbank.org.