Empty Bowls Anything But...Event a Huge Success
Empty Bowls Event Surpasses Expectations.
At the end of the day, all the bowls were gone.
Ferrum, Va. (November 8, 2010) – Ferrum College students and faculty are more than satisfied with the results of the
first-ever “Empty Bowls” event which raised more than $2400 to feed the hungry. The
event was held on Sunday, November 7 in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room on the campus
of Ferrum College.
“We didn’t have any bowls left by the time we wrapped things up at 3:00 p.m.,” said
event co-creator Jeff Dalton, Ferrum College assistant professor of art. Dalton said
the very last customer wound up eating soup from a paper bowl. An estimated 200
people, including students, staff and the public, turned out to pay $10.00 for a
hand-made pottery bowl filled with vegetable soup and a side of artisan bread. Once
finished, they were able to take the bowl home.
Nell Fredericksen, a local artist and member of the Blue Ridge Potter’s Guild, was
instrumental in bringing this project together. The Guild made the bowls along with
Ferrum College students and faculty. The event was also supported by Ferrum College
Dining Services which made the soup using produce from local growers.
“This was huge. It exceeded our expectations,” said Dalton. Dalton said he and event
co-creator, Dr. Glen Stevens didn’t know what kind of response they would get. “We
were hoping for maybe 100 people,” he said. Dalton said the event would return next
year and that, “we will be making a lot more bowls.”
The project was part of Dalton’s and Stevens’ Freshman Gateway class. Its purpose
is to educate students about how they can make a positive difference in their communities. “We
saw the impact click with a number of students,” said Stevens. “Many students stayed
on even after their shifts were over. They were able to see and feel the effect of
doing something positive for the community.”
Dalton said he would be presenting a check to the Panther Packs Program later this
week. Panther Packs provides food for hungry children at Ferrum Elementary School.