Local Students Participate in This Week’s “Tempe Empty Bowls” Fundraiser


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This week is Tempe Empty Bowls, an annual event to raise funds to benefit feeding programs of Tempe Community Action Agency and United Food Bank. Community organizers have held the event for 15 years, raising more than $175,000 for these organizations .

Thousands of Tempe-area elementary and high school area students, as well as local artists, are creating clay bowls and other pottery to help raise money. At the event (www.facebook.com/tempeemptybowls), a $10 purchases a bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread, symbolic of the caloric intake that must sustain many in our community for an entire day.

The 2017 Tempe Empty Bowls will be held two days from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Friday, February 24 at 6th Street Park (just south of City Hall in Downtown Tempe), with soup provided by NCounter, and musical entertainment by Walt Richardson.

Saturday, February 25 in the Community Center Courtyard, 3500 S. Rural Rd., between Tempe Public Library and Vihel Center buildings on the southwest corner of Rural and Southern, with soup provided by Whole Foods Market and musical entertainment by Randy Olson and Friends.

Hand-crafted bowls, planter pots, mugs, necklaces, platters and vases, made by potters at the City of Tempe Ceramics Program, local artists, and children ranging from elementary to high school students, will be available for purchase.

For the first time, all Tempe Elementary District elementary schools and two middle schools are participating in this important project. Over 280 classrooms in 16 schools District-wide are contributing to the project – that is approximately 7,000 ceramic pieces anticipated to help defeat hunger in local communities!  Students can buy back their bowl for $1 during a pre-sale which will take place in their classrooms once bowls are completed.

The Empty Bowls Committee would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of this event: Whole Foods Market, The City of Tempe, NCounter, LS Branding, Marjon Ceramics, Laguna Clay Company, Printing Specialists, Palmer Designs, Tempe Elementary School District, Tempe Union High School District, Walt Richardson, Randy Olson & Friends, and the Bridget Cherie Harper Scholarship Fund.

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