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Empty Bowls Proves Popular


Empty Bowls Event Proves Popular.

More than 300 people gobbled up the opportunity for some soup, bread and a handmade piece of pottery.

Ferrum, Va. (Nov. 14, 2011) – Ferrum College served up soup and bread in earthen bowls and people lined up for the opportunity eat and help feed the hungry.

The popular Empty Bowls event held at Ferrum College on Nov. 13, 2011 raised $4,000 for the Panther Packs program, which provides food for hungry children at Ferrum Elementary School.

Three hundred pottery bowls were created for this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser, a one hundred bowl increase over the number produced for last year’s inaugural event, said event co-creator Jeff Dalton, assistant professor of art at Ferrum College.

Empty Bowls attendees enjoyed vegetable soup and artisan bread served in the pottery bowls, which were created by Ferrum students, professors and members of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild. For a $10 donation, individuals could keep the bowl in which their soup was served.

“By the end of the day all of the bowls were gone,” said Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Glen Stevens, who with Dalton created the successful fundraiser.

Empty Bowls also featured a silent auction for other original works of pottery donated by members of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and Professor Sue Spataro and her son J.T. provided musical entertainment.

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