The deadline is near for crafters to provide their wares for the annual Empty Bowl fundraising luncheon.
The luncheon, which benefits Golden Harvest Food Bank and the Augusta Jewish Community Center, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2. The concept is simple: to build partnerships and the community and to help feed the hungry.
"Local pottery teachers, staff and students are donating their time and talents to make bowls and then donate them to the seventh annual Empty Bowl luncheon," said Shannon Powell, a coordinator of the event. "These students know it takes a community to fill an empty bowl."
Powell said larger bowls and art pieces will be used for a silent auction alongside items donated by merchants. Local chefs, restaurants and caterers will donate soups, breads, drinks and desserts to be sold to guests
Each ticket is good for one selection of an original ceramic bowl by a local student or artisan.
"No two bowls look exactly the same," Powell said. "They are all beautiful, but also functional; the bowl itself symbolizes cupped hands, a gesture of giving. The local crafters' goal is to remind everyone that there is always an empty bowl in the CSRA."
More than 500 people are expected to attend the luncheon, so many bowls are needed. Augusta Preparatory Day School, Lakeside Middle School and Stevens Creek Elementary School are participating in the bowl project. The goal is to have 600 bowls crafted for the event.
The Empty Bowl committee is calling for all crafted bowls to be received no later than Wednesday.
For further information and to receive materials, contact bowl collection coordinator Debbie Katcoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Powell at (706) 736-1199 or (706) 228-3636.
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