Empty Bowls 2012 a success
We would like to thank everyone
for helping make our Sixth Annual Empty Bowls benefit on March 8 a huge
success. Empty Bowls directly supports our Community Café by helping provide
three warm, nutritious meals every day to anyone in need. The Café serves 600
meals per day, and this event, which raised more than $30,000 this year, helps
make that possible.
More than 900 tickets were
purchased, making The Durham Armory a lively place to be that evening. It was truly a community-wide effort to
support the ongoing work at Urban Ministries. Empty Bowls would not be possible
without the generous support of sponsors, restaurants, potters, those who
donated food, UMD Recovery program residents, plus dozens of amazing
volunteers, and our hard-working Empty Bowls planning committee.
Congratulations to Thrills from the Grill for winning the Judges' Choice Award for Best Soup for their Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup and to Toast Paninoteca for winning the People's Choice Award for Best Soup for their Roasted Cauliflower Puree.
We cannot show enough appreciation to our volunteers, donors, and the following individuals and businesses that helped make this event such a success!
Parker and Otis
Robling Medical Incorporated
Diversified Information Technologies, Inc.
Maxwell, Freeman & Bowman, PA
Senn Dunn Insurance
AKA Sorority – AZO Chapter
B&J Custom Printers, Inc.
Carpe Diem Cleaning
The Freelon Group
J J Froelich
Joy of the Arts Inc.
PBM Graphics Inc.
Stancil & Company
Urban Durham Realty
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
American Party Rentals
Bethany United Methodist Church
Bill and Susan Amey
Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Greater Orange Grove Baptist Church
Sergio Analco Design
Temple Baptist Church
Terry and Joe Chambliss
The Carolina Inn
The Summit Church
West Durham Baptist Church
Handcrafted bowls were donated for use and purchase at the event by Claymakers, ClayWorks Guild, Carrboro Clay at the ArtsCenter, Durham Arts Council, and Havenhill Studios.
Participating restaurants providing the delicious soups for the evening included: Guglhupf Café and Restaurant, Revolution, L'Uva, Papa Mojo's Roadhouse, Thrills From the Grill, Watts Grocery, Blu Seafood & Bar, Whole Foods, Toast Paninoteca, Saladelia Cafe, Mad Hatter’s Café and Bakeshop.
Thank you to Frank Stasio, from WUNC, for emceeing Empty Bowls 2012 and to the following local celebrities for judging our Best Soup Contest: Summer Bicknell from Locopops, Jennings Brody from Parker and Otis, Tisha Powell from ABC 11, and Lisa Sorg from the Independent Weekly.
Over 100 people joined us for our first Empty Bowls’ After Party. We thank Fullsteam Brewery for hosting this event, Motorco for its support, and the following food trucks for coming out to provide their delicious offerings: Pie Pushers, Will & Pops's, The Parlour, Chirba Chirba, Klausie's Pizza, Only Burger, Farmhand Foods' Sausage Wagon, and KoKyu BBQ. Each of these businesses will be donating 10% of their proceeds from the evening to Urban Ministries of Durham's Community Café.
Thank you again to all who supported Empty Bowls 2012 in any way! Together, we can make a huge impact to improve the lives of our neighbors in need.
UMD Empty Bowls Committee 2012
A little history of Empty Bowls -
UMD started Empty Bowls back in 2006, a vision of staff and volunteers who broke new ground and made new friends for UMD. Because of staff, volunteers and friends/donors to UMD, the event continues to support "empty bowls" in our Community Cafe. Every day more than 550 meals are served at UMD. Empty Bowls makes that possible. Here's an excerpt from the national site and resource for Empty Bowls. Thank you for your support of Empty Bowls, and the Community Cafe at UMD.
“Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.” From http://www.emptybowls.net/
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Feb 17, 2015
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Feb 03, 2015
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