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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 28, 2013

Clay Club to host fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

Patrons select their bowls at an Empty Bowls fundraiser. Northwest ceramics students and local potters annually produce handmade ceramic bowls, which guests may purchase with a soup supper.

Patrons select their bowls at an Empty Bowls fundraiser. Northwest ceramics students and local potters annually produce handmade ceramic bowls, which guests may purchase with a soup supper. (Photo by Taylor Allan/University Relations)

Northwest Missouri State University ceramics students and art faculty are again giving back to their community by hosting the fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser.

This year’s event is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at The Station, located on the Northwest campus on Northwest Drive between College Park and Icon Road.

The event, sponsored by the Clay Club, raises awareness of hunger in the Maryville community and raises funding to help combat the problem. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Ministry Center Food Pantry. Last year’s Empty Bowls even raised more than $2,000.

The event features a variety of handmade ceramic bowls and cups produced by Northwest students and faculty specifically for the event. The event also includes live music and door prizes.

At the fundraiser, each guest may choose one bowl – and have the option of adding a cup – to be used for their soup supper. Local businesses annually donate food for the event, and this year’s menu features food from The Mandarin, Simply Siam, A&G, Happy Garden, Benelli's Pizzeria and Northwest Campus Dining.

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

“The bowl will serve to remind us that there are empty bowls out there every day and night, and that hunger and access to good nutrition are vital issues in every community,” said Laura Kukkee, Northwest associate professor of art. “This is a chance for our community to come together to support a worthy cause and to celebrate the effort and generosity of the students, local potters and the local restaurants that participate in this unique, heartwarming event.”

Prices are $15 for one bowl, meal and door prize ticket, or $25 for one bowl, cup, meal and door prize ticket. Guests should pay by cash or with a check payable to The Ministry Center.

For more information, contact Laura Kukkee at Kukkee@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1324.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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