Wittenberg To Host 18th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser March 22
Published March 14, 2012
Springfield, Ohio– For the 18thconsecutive year, members of the Wittenberg University and greater Springfield communities will join together to raise money for local food banks through an Empty Bowls fundraiser. Hosted by Wittenberg’s Department of Art and Catholic Social Charities, with support from local sponsors and donors, Empty Bowls is scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Center Dining Room (CDR) on the second floor of the Benham-Pence Student Center.
The price of the bowl and dinner remains at $15 per person, which entitles participants to a hand-crafted bowl for soup and access to a soup, salad and bread buffet. The fundraising goal for the 2012 event is $38,000 after the 2011 event raised more than $36,000.
“This is truly a community event that brings in many people from Springfield, and it has become an important fundraising event for Second Harvest Food Bank as they work to provide for so many people in our community,” said Professor of Art and Department Chair Scott Dooley, who has managed the university’s role in hosting the event since coming to campus in 2000.
Proceeds from the event go to Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides food supplies to the poor and homeless throughout Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties. Anna Plataniotis, events coordinator for Catholic Social Services/Second Harvest Food Bank, publicizes the event in the community and helps with food donations and meets with local sponsors.
The 2011-12 Empty Bowls student coordinator is Dana Makstaller, class of 2012 from Cincinnati, Ohio. After serving an internship with Second Harvest during the fall semester, Makstaller also helped plan the first annual Empty Bowls event at Urbana University in February.
Major event sponsors for the 2012 event include Wittenberg Student Senate – Build a Better Wittenberg, Dr. Dana and Judy King, Madison Avenue Pharmacy, G.O.C. Ladies Philoptochos Society, Villa Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Eaglewood Village and Sodexo. V.I.P. Sponsors include ESSEX of Springfield, Patrick and Kit Field, Home City Federal Savings Bank, Rollins Moving & Storage, Speedway LLC, and Wallace & Turner Insurance. Soup donors include Bob Evans Farm, Mic’s Italian Restaurant, O’Charley’s Restaurant, Seasons Bistro Bar & Grille and Sodexo Catering Service.
Bowls are thrown using a pottery wheel and then trimmed, fired and glazed throughout the year. More than 1,000 bowls have been prepared for the 2012 event by volunteers, including students, faculty and staff members, and Springfield community members.
T-shirts designed by Eliza Waggoner, Wittenberg class of 2008, will be available for purchase and a silent auction will take place again this year. As always, each bowl will be washed by a volunteer before taken home, a reminder that every night someone’s bowl is empty and many people go hungry each day in this country. Many years the bowls sell out – if this happens, patrons may enjoy a meal at a reduced price using disposable bowls.
Rainbow Table 1 soup kitchen will share any leftover food items from the event the next day.
Free parking is available in the lots behind Krieg Hall and the Benham-Pence Student Center, and both have entrances off West Ward Street.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photos By: Erin Pence