- Pick a handmade bowl to take home
- Dinner donated from numerous local restaurants
- Adults $15, children $10
In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund raising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)(3) organization, was created to promote the project. Since then Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger. After launching Manassas Clay in 1996, Fran Newquist and Jane Cullum wanted to give back to the community and approached SERVE about sponsoring an Empty Bowls benefit. They envisioned an evening where the community would select a hand thrown bowl and have dinner together. SERVE and Manassas Clay have been working together since early 2000 to sponsor this annual event.
Proceeds from this event will be used to provide: Food, Financial Assistance, Educational & Job Training Opportunities, Temporary Shelter, and Transitional Housing to local disadvantaged families who are experiencing economic hardships. If you are local, try to stop by. It's a wonderful event to raise funds for the needy in our community. Be sure to look for me and come say hello!