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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 7, 2011

Northwest Clay Club to host third annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Ceramics student Eric Simmons throwing on the potter’s wheel.

Ceramics student Eric Simmons is pictured throwing on the potter’s wheel. Ceramics students and faculty in Northwest’s Department of Art are sponsoring their third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Feb. 18.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Ceramics students and faculty in Northwest Missouri State University's Department of Art are once again giving back to the community with their third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.

On an evening in the coldest part of winter, the Maryville and Northwest communities are coming together to raise awareness of hunger and raise money to help fight the problem.  All proceeds from the event are donated directly to the Ministry Center Food Pantry. Last year's event raised more than $3,100.  

For $15, patrons will receive a bowl, meal and one door prize ticket. For $25, patrons will receive a bowl and cup, meal and one door prize ticket. Cash and checks made payable to The Ministry Center will be accepted.

The event will be in The Station, located on Northwest Drive between College Park and Icon Road.

Ceramics students and local potters have produced handmade ceramic bowls for the event.  Guests have the opportunity to choose a bowl and partake in a soup supper.

At the end of the meal, Clay Club volunteers wash the bowls for patrons to take home.

"The bowls are a reminder that there are empty bowls out there every day and every night, and that hunger and access to good nutrition are vital issues in every community," said Laura Kukkee, assistant professor of ceramics.   

With all food donated by local businesses, the menu has something for everyone. This year's soups, pastas, beverages and breads are donated by A&G Restaurant, Northwest Campus Dining, Mandarin Chinese Restaurant, Happy Garden Restaurant and Pagliai's Pizza.

Musical entertainment will be provided by local artist and musician Bob Schultz.

Patrons also will have chances to win door prizes of artwork donated by faculty and senior students of Northwest Department of Art.

For more information contact Laura Kukkee by e-mail at or by phone at 660.562.1324.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468