The 15th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser soared more than $5,000 past the already-amazing total it reached last year.
Tuesday’s event raised $81,400 for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf—including $67,695 from the Challenge to the Community Fund, sponsored by Supervalu, Choices For Children/Accra Care and 159 business, civic, congregation, school and community leaders, organizer Barb Westmoreland announced Wednesday.
Last year, the event raised $76,117.
The 2013 Empty Bowls saw the following big numbers, as well:
- 1,220 bowls created by our students, staff, and community potters, up from 1,022 the year before;
- 32 Hopkins Schools art, music, and elementary teachers;
- 289 volunteers and 453 entertainers of all ages;
- 69 artist bowls & fine art for the silent auction;
- 1,480 servings of soup and bread, up from 1,350 in 2012 and
- 41 sponsors of in-kind services.
“We want to thank you for mixing in your ‘special ingredients’ to make our 15th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf a great success,” Westmoreland wrote in an e-mail. “March 12 was a wonderful day with people of all ages coming together at Hopkins Center for the Arts.”