Wow! What a turnout we had for the two-day Tempe Empty Bowls Event! We raised a record amount of money for United Food Bank and Tempe Community Action Agency so they can continue their hard work to feed the hungry in our community! This year’s event raised $23,000, bringing the event total for the 17 years of this event to more than $200,000!
Friday started out as a chilly day, but we had hundreds of people come out during their lunch hour to pick up a bowl (or 2 or 15…), grab some yummy, warm soup courtesy of Whole Foods Market Tempe, and listen to the groovy tunes of Walt Richardson. The students from Summit Academy stopped by to bring some bowls they made, and the Tempe Elementary kid bowls were a big hit! The weather turned chilly and windy just as we were wrapping up for the day.
Saturday brought bright sunshine to our event at the Tempe Community Courtyard. People came early to get the best pick of all of the colorful, beautiful bowls we had for offer. Randy Olson & Friends provided wonderful entertainment for everyone, especially the kids. Mayor Mark Mitchell stopped by and was presented with a very special bowl created by Paige Reesor, a Tempe Elementary art teacher. As You Wish had a booth where, for $10, people could buy a bowl and “paint it forward” by decorating it and donating it to the event for next year.
The Tempe Empty Bowls Committee would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of this event: Whole Foods Market, The City of Tempe, As You Wish, 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, Bernings Fine Jewelry, the Bridget Cherie Harper Scholarship Fund and TextAim.