Empty Bowls benefit in Champaign County raises community hunger awareness (Audio and Video included)
2/7/2013 9:52:55 PM
By Nate Dunham
The second annual Empty Bowls of Champaign County benefit was held in the Urbana University Student Center Thursday.
In an effort to raise $14,000 this year, the event (pictured left) allowed community members to purchase beautifully hand-crafted bowls for $15 and fill them with soups. All the proceeds from the benefit go towards the food relief efforts of the Second Harvest Food Bank Serving Champaign County. All participates were able to keep their hand-crafted bowls as a reminder of hunger awareness in Champaign County. All of the leftovers from the event were sent to the Caring Kitchen.
Community Engagement Supervisor for Catholic Charities & Second Harvest Food Bank Anna Plataniotis describes the event.
Members of the community made nearly 750 bowls that were sold during the benefit. David and Sissy Faulkner opened up a warehouse on Oakland Street, so people could volunteer their time to make the bowls. The process of making the bowls started in late-September.
(Pictured right: some of the hand-crafted bowls offered at the benefit)
Sissy Faulkner speaks about her role and feelings on the event.
David Faulkner talks about the event.
Annette Charles-Van Meter, owner of Hair Company in Urbana, and her co-workers volunteered their time to make some of the bowls. Annette had a lot of fun supporting the community and learning a new art form. She also closed her hair salon two hours early to attend the event Thursday.
Annette shares her experience with the event.
Urbana University assisted in many aspects of the event. University faculty, staff, and students assisted in making some of the bowls and were part of the planning committee. Students also volunteered their time to help during Thursday’s benefit. There were over 40 student volunteers including the entire women’s softball team. Student Kevin Fidler was the student volunteer coordinator.
Fidler describes his task as student volunteer coordinator.
Director of University Relations Christina Bruun-Horrigan discusses the college’s role in the benefit.
The community gave a lot of support before the event. Before even one bowl was sold, $8,000 was raised through sponsorships.
(Pictured left: the soup line)
The Ability Center (TAC) Choir from Springfield provided entertainment at the benefit.
Next year's Empty Bowls of Champaign County benefit is scheduled for January 30th, 2014. Two more Empty Bowl events are scheduled for this year. There will be a benefit at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine on October 17th and another benefit will be conducted at Wittenberg University on March 21st.
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Watch part of the TAC Choir’s performance.
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