Sixth Annual Empty Bowls to benefit Phoenixville Area Community Services

File photo by Barry Taglieber Attendees from the 2011 Empty Bowls fundraiser check out the selection of decorative bowls.

KIMBERTON — Charity and art will be intertwined during upcoming the 6th Annual Empty Bowls event.

The event, which features a simple meal of soup and bread along with a handcrafted bowl, will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Kimberton Fire Company’s Covered Bridge Room, 2276 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville. Participants keep the bowls as a reminder of the need to end hunger locally and globally. No alcohol will be served at the event.

Proceeds benefit Phoenixville Area Community Services.

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In 1990, a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students search for a way to raise funds to support a food drive to feed hungry residents of their community. What evolved was a class project with students crafting ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread. They were invited to keep their bowls as a reminder of hunger in their midst and throughout the world.

What one group of students began in their art class was the seed for changing many lives. By the following year, the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls - a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger (www.emptybowls.net).

The Phoenixville area’s tradition with Empty Bowls began in November 2007. The Holck family, owners of Artisans Gallery & Café, planned and hosted the event. PACS was the charity chosen to benefit from funds raised. The first year’s event was a huge success in turnout of supporters and in funds contributed to fight hunger locally. But the added value has been the enormous enthusiasm of Empty Bowls participants and donors.

Each year, the number of sponsors, supporters and contributors has grown as has the list of professional and budding artists that craft the bowls. Popular pottery workshops have been offered by both Phoenix Village Art Center and Chester Springs Studio to teach novice potters how to create bowls which are then donated to help raise funds for PACS. An estimated 600 donated bowls are anticipated for the 2012 event. The event has an outpouring of caring from all of PACS’ partners and supporters.

The number of our neighbors who are hungry is continuing to grow in 2012-2013:

• An average of 197 households receive food each month - up 4 percent over last year.

• Most surprising is the number of hungry children currently averages 177 per month - a huge jump of 42 percent over the prior year!

Thanks to generous donors, PACS’ emergency pantry also supplies the hungry with toiletry items, paper products, diapers and other essential supplies.

Without the emergency pantry - and the support of our caring community of donors - approximately 515 Phoenixville area residents would go hungry every month. Your support of Empty Bowls and PACS makes a meaningful difference, not just in providing essential food and supplies, but in giving people hope. PACS is celebrating its 40th year in the town.

Sponsors to date as of Oct. 24:

PACS thanks the sponsors, supporters, contributors, volunteers and guests. PACS especially want to acknowledge the generous donations from the following organizations, artisans and individuals. Without them, this fundraising event would not have been possible.

Event Sponsors:

Knights of Columbus - St. Basil’s Council

A Friend of St. Basil the Great Parish

Gateway Pharmacy

State Farm Insurance

Mark Beaudoin

Jennifer Epps

Supporters:

Artisans Gallery & Cafe

Kimberton Fire Company

Technical College High School-Pickering Campus

Glaxo Smith Kline

Soltane Breads & Spreads

Singer Equipment Company

Contributors:

Chester Springs Art Studio

Phoenix Village Art Center

and their Supporters:

Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust

T.D. Alfredo’s

Sips Bistro & Bar

Mary Foote

Artisans Gallery & Cafe

Vecchia Pizza

Ellie’s Choice

Petrucci’s Ice Cream-Water Ice

O’Grady’s Family Restaurant

Penn Solar-Community Eco Center

Master Granite Marble & Tile

Angelo’s

Phoenix Tax Consultants

Romantic Jewelers

Jaworski’s Music Centre

Molly Maguire’s irish Restaurant & Pub

Bistro on Bridge

Pat’s Pizza

For more information, call 610-933-1105 or email info@pacsphx.org.