Ferrum News

Empty Bowls Event to Raise Money for Hungry - Nov 7


Ferrum, Va. (November 3, 2010) – Ferrum College students and faculty are inviting the campus community and the public to a first-time event entitled, “Empty Bowls.”   Donated proceeds from the event will be given to the Panther Packs program, organized by a group of concerned community members to provide food for hungry children of Ferrum Elementary.  Those who attend will enjoy a hot meal served in a hand-crafted bowl of their choice, made by Ferrum students, professors and other local potters.   Attendees can then take their “empty bowls” home.  Meals will be served from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 7 in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room in Franklin Hall.

Nearly 200 bowls have been created for the fundraiser, according to Jeff Dalton, Assistant Professor of Art, and co-creator of the event with Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Glen Stevens.  Nell Fredericksen, a local artist and member of the potter’s guild, has been instrumental in bringing this project together.  The event is also being supported by Ferrum College Dining Services through the use of products from local food producers.

“We are suggesting a $10 donation for lunch, and we would love to see all of the bowls find homes,” said Dalton.  There will also be a silent auction for other original works of pottery, including several larger bowls that have been generously donated by members of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild.

The project is part of Professor Dalton’s and Professor Stevens’ Freshman Gateway class.  It’s designed to educate students about how they can make a positive difference in their communities.  “This project engages students in many ways,” said Dr. Stevens.  “We have some students making the actual bowls, while another group is working on publicity and encouraging people to attend.  The idea is for students to learn while helping to serve a need in the community.”

“It’s been a joy to help with this project,” said Mallory Taylor, a Ferrum student who assisted by making bowls and serving as a mentor to the Freshman Seminar.  “It’s so gratifying to think that something I make with my hands will help feed the hungry.”
The students and professors say they are hoping to get a strong turn out from the community and that local churches will encourage people to stop by the event after Sunday services.