Monday, March 5, 2012


Douglas, Elbert fundraiser to benefit victims of domestic violence

Posted:Saturday, February 18, 2012 11:00 am
Steve Buck has been a potter since his high school years.
He has a studio in his Kiowa home, has taught countless students the art of throwing at various metro-area art centers and this year joins about 70 potters for the 12th Empty Bowl, the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center’s premiere fundraising event.
The Empty Bowl is a two-fold event, featuring the work of metro-area potters, with hundreds of hand-thrown bowls available for visitors. In exchange for the price of their ticket, those who donate at the Empty Bowl get the chance to sample the soups, breads and desserts donated from local restaurants, bid on silent auction items and choose from among the bowls potters donate to make the event happen.
Some, like Buck, make it their goal to donate more than 100 bowls each year.
“It’s a lot of fun, it’s a good gathering of people to stand up for this cause,” Buck said. “I’ve known different ladies in my life who have had problems and such. I just think of them.”
The Empty Bowl benefits the crisis center, which serves victims of domestic violence in Douglas and Elbert counties. The crisis center provides myriad services to victims, both male and female, as well as families in need of emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy.
In 2011, the center served more than 12,000 people through its community outreaches, said Ann Carter, director of development for the crisis center.  The number reflects a 13 percent increase in individuals served from 2010, Carter said.

The Empty Bowl is from 6 to 9 p.m., March 2 at the Douglas County Events Center. Tickets are $45 per person or $500 for a table for 10. For more information visit the crisis center website at

Sixth Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit Urban Ministries

DURHAM – The annual battle for the “Best Soup in Durham” will take place Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. Urban Ministries of Durham will hold its sixth annual Empty Bowls event, presented by RTI International, to raise funds to help UMD serve more than 200,000 meals a year to those in need.

New to this year’s event is an after-party hosted by Fullsteam Brewery (726 Rigsbee Ave.) and Motorco (723 Rigsbee Ave.) at 8 p.m. featuring live music and a food truck round-up.

Empty Bowls features chefs from some of Durham’s finest restaurants such as blu seafood and bar, Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, Revolution, Watts Grocery, Whole Foods Café, Toast, Thrills from the Grill, L’Uva, Saladelia Café, Guglhupf and Mad Hatter’s Café and Bakeshop. The chefs will present their soups and battle for the title of “Best Soup in Durham.”

Tickets are $30 each and include a one-of-a-kind keepsake bowl created by local artists at Claymakers, Clayworks Guild, Carrboro Clay, Havenhill Studios and Durham Arts Council. There is also a $15 ticket available for attendees who just want to sample soup only. Children six and under can attend for free.

The “People’s Choice” award will be voted on by attendees and the “Judge’s Choice” award will be voted on by a panel of local celebrity judges including Locopops owner Summer Bicknell, Parker and Otis owner Jennings Brody, WTVD news anchor Tisha Powell, Fullsteam Brewery owner Sean Wilson and Independent Weekly editor Lisa Sorg. Frank Stasio, host of “The State of Things” on WUNC, will be the evening’s emcee.

Last year’s event sold out with close to 800 attendees bringing in almost $30,000 for UMD. Due to the popularity of the event, attendees are encouraged to order tickets prior to the event. To purchase tickets, stop by UMD at 410 Liberty St. or visit

Empty Bowls 2012

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(David Chimahusky, WTVA)
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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — People in Tupelo came together Wednesday for a unique fundraiser that benefits The Salvation Army, an organization that helps feed so many.  Hundreds arrived at the Tupelo Furniture Market for the 14th annual Empty Bowls event where people were offered several types of soups provided by local restaurants and organizations.   Money from the event allows The Salvation Army to help the less fortunate.

"We do a soup line everyday that feeds anywhere from 75 to 100 people," says Major Sue Dorman with the Salvation Army. "We also have our lodge where we serve three meals a day."

Everyone who attended the luncheon recieved a ceramic bowl as a reminder that someone's bowl is always empty.  In 2011 alone, the Tupelo Salvation Army served 76,441 meals.   This number includes meals that went to help the residents of Smithville.

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