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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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
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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
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Family Dentistry of Urbana
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The Faulkner Family
Urbana High School FFA Members
Wolfe Lumber-Alan Wolfe
Bauer Stoves & Fireplaces
Golden Spoon Sponsors $1,000
Champaign County Memorial Foundation
Lilli Ann Johnson – JWP, Inc.
Silver Spoon Sponsors $500
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Dr. Anthony G. Schneider, Chiropractor
Mercy McAuley Center
Michael Farms, Inc.
Tri-County Insurance Services, LLC
Soup Bowl Sponsors $250
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
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