This year’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser was hosted by the Warwick Valley High School (WVHS) Empty Bowls Club and Warwick Valley Empty Bowls community volunteers. Warwick Valley Empty Bowls is part of an organized effort to fight hunger in communities across the United States and in other countries. Many attendees purchased a pottery bowl as a reminder of the event and the cause.
Guests enjoyed a delicious meal of soup, bread, dessert, and beverages. The event also featured a wide variety of beautiful handmade pottery bowls available for purchase, performances by talented WVHS student musicians, kids’ hands-on pottery activities and a 50/50 raffle.
Over the years, many local potters have made and generously donated pottery bowls for the events. This year, bowls made by local potters Deb Bernstein, Roberta Green and WVHS Empty Bowls Club members, were available for purchase. Empty Bowls Club members worked with WVHS Empty Bowls Club faculty advisors, Shari Blauner and Gina Buffardi and local potters Roberta Green and Sharon Galbraith to learn how to make, decorate and glaze bowls for the event.
Music was provided by talented high school musicians including Conor Borthwick, Chloe Borthwick, Steven Mehling, Granger Ottley, Brooke Nilson, and Jake Constantino, with audio assistance by Pat Sliter.
This year’s total proceeds included admissions and bowl sales at the event and bowl sales by the Empty Bowls Club at additional events. In addition, Empty Bowls received a generous $1,000 award from the Altice Charity Champions program that recognizes area high school community service efforts. Representatives from Altice attended the event to present a “big check” to Empty Bowls, along with special guest attendee, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
The success of Empty Bowls ’18 will help many hungry children and families in the community. Proceeds of $3,370 will benefit organizations, encompassing the entire Town of Warwick, that provide food or meals to those in need including the Backpack Snack Attack program serving Town of Warwick students, the Community Kitchen in Pine Island serving free monthly dinners, the Florida Community Food Pantry, the Greenwood Lake Food Pantry, the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, and the St. Peter Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Pine Island, NY.
For more information visit www.warwickvalleyemptybowls.org or check out the Facebook page.