March 11, 2010
Second annual Empty Bowls event raises more than $3,000 for Ministry Center Food Pantry
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The University's second annual Empty Bowls event on Feb. 26 attracted a festive crowd of more than 200 people and brought in more than $3,000 for the Ministry Center Food Pantry in Maryville.
For a donation of $15, guests chose a bowl for their dinner. Cups also were available for donations of $25. Diners could then take the bowls with them as a reminder of the event and the need to help those less fortunate.
"The bowl will act as a reminder that there are empty bowls out there every day, and that hunger and access to good nutrition are issues in every community," said Laura Kukkee, assistant professor of art.
Diners had an array of more than 350 bowls from which to choose. Student members of the Northwest Clay Club; Northwest faculty members Laura Kukkee, Bob Schultz and Erin Oehler; local potters including Professor Emeritus Russ Schmaljohn; and Northwest alumni Andy Rogers and Veronica Watkins each contributed work.
"The bulk of the work was taken on by the students, who worked tirelessly leading up to the event," Kukkee said. "Months of planning were involved in producing the large number of bowls and cups that would be needed, as well as all the planning that goes into holding a supper for such a large number of guests."
The Clay Club wishes to thank the restaurants that provided the food and drinks - A&G Restaurant, Aramark, Hy-Vee, Mandarin Chinese Restaurant, Happy Garden and Pagliai's, as well as the desk assistants at The Station, who helped with set up.
Musical entertainment was generously provided by the Northwest String Quartet, which added an elegant touch to the casual soup supper.
"It is amazing to see what a group of art students can do when they get together with a common goal in mind," Kukkee said. "They used their skills to do something generous and useful, and the results are an evening that will be remembered by those that attended, and a very generous donation to the Ministry Food Pantry, which many area families depend on for their food. I am extremely proud of the ceramics students as a group. They are an amazing bunch of students!"
The public also is invited to attend the Clay Club Pottery Sale, which will be April 23-24 in the ceramics studio at the Olive DeLuce Fire Arts Building, located at Fourth Street and Munn Avenue.
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