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Empty Bowls benefit in Champaign County raises community hunger awareness (Audio and Video included)

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.

Sponsors included:

Donating Potters:

Bluestem Pottery, Scott Dooley

Bruce Grimes, Artist

Gaye Roebuck-Carafa, Artist

Grandpa’s Pottery

Johncox Woodcraft, Jeff R. Johncox

Lawnview Industries, Inc.

Mad River Mud Pottery Studio, Debbie Loffing

Mello Pottery, Mel Marsh

Miami Valley Pottery, Naysan McIlhargey

Oakland Street Productions

“Reddog”, Kevin L. Haney, Artist

Turn Away, Denise M. Brooks

Gina Grusenmeyer, Artist

Yellow Springs Pottery

Steve Mabry Realtor

Celebrity Bowls

County Commissioner Bob Corbett

Mayor of St. Paris Brenda Cook

Mayor of Urbana Bill Bean

For County Engineer Fereidoun Shokouhi

Sandi Arnold, Champaign County Chamber

Soup/Bread Sponsors

Airport Café

Bob Evans Farms

Bobby D’s Cakes & More

Café Paradiso

Chuck Jones

Farmer’s Daughter


Mumford’s Deli

Robert’s on Miami

Rock’n Robin


Tim Horton’s Café & Bake Shop

In-Kind Donations

CLS Graphics & Embroidery Co.

Custom Sign Design

Family Dentistry of Urbana

Mechanicsburg High School Students/Carpentry Dept.

Shine FM

The Faulkner Family

Urbana High School FFA Members

Wolfe Lumber-Alan Wolfe

General Donation

Bauer Stoves & Fireplaces

Golden Spoon Sponsors $1,000

Champaign County Memorial Foundation

Lilli Ann Johnson – JWP, Inc.

Silver Spoon Sponsors $500

Champaign Residential Services, Inc.

Dr. Anthony G. Schneider, Chiropractor

Mercy McAuley Center

Michael Farms, Inc.

Tri-County Insurance Services, LLC

Soup Bowl Sponsors $250

Champaign Bank

Family Dentistry of Urbana

KTH Parts Industries, Inc.

Rotary Club of Urbana

Security National Bank

Tim McDaniel Family

Soup Ladle Sponsors $150

IH Credit Union

Soup Spoon Sponsor $100

Bruce & Renee Crabill

Champaign County Ministerial Association

Christina Bruun-Horrigan & Kevin Horrigan

First Presbyterian Church of Urbana

Graves-Cosby Insurance Agency, Inc.

Linda Thackery, Pampered Chef

Mercy Memorial Hospital

Nursing Institute for Continuing Education

Perpetual Federal Savings Bank

Robert Rothschild Farm


Sterling House

The Depot Coffeehouse

The People Savings Bank

Urbana Lions Club

Vernon Funeral Home

Walter & Smith Funeral Home

Social and Behavioral Sciences Club

The Fidler Family

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