The Recorder & Times (Brockville)
Empty Bowls fundraiser back this weekend
The popular Empty Bowls fundraiser for Brockville’s Loaves and Fishes returns Saturday at the Memorial Centre hall.
The event, which combines handcrafted bowls, a variety of simmering soups and live music, is the largest fundraiser to benefit Loaves and Fishes each year. It runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Empty Bowls is an event we look forward to every year,” said Loaves and Fishes program supervisor Laurie Prichard.
“It really represents to me how our entire community comes together to help those in need.”
Tickets are $25 for adults and include taking home a one-of-akind soup bowl. Tickets are $5 for children under 12. Children five and under eat free without a pottery bowl. Lunch without a bowl is $10.
“It brings together friends to enjoy local art, food and entertainment,” adds Loaves and Fishes president Deanna Clark. “Thanks to the generosity of all our supporters, we raised just over $20,400 last year. We hope to surpass that this year to celebrate our 10th anniversary.”
Potters donated their time to create their works of art via kiln and studio time donated by St. Lawrence College. Tuckers Pottery Supply donated the clay.
Potters include Beverley Bauer, Jill Bradford, Carolyn Buyers, Krista Cameron, Ann Crawford, Jennifer Gazley, Donna Haycock, Rina Kolbe, Tammy Leonard, Mary Mansworth, Crystal May, Susan McMullen, Renza Pelkey, Michele Perry, Marg Phillips, Diane Richmond, Sue Steele, Jann Smith, Len Swanson, Evelyn Thain, Virginia Thomas, Elinor Utting, Ed Vander-Baaren, Iris Dentz and Emily Wimpenny.
“Once again we are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of potters in our community, They put in many months of hard work making these distinctive bowls,” said Mary Mansworth, a potter and a Loaves and Fishes past president who helped launch the event in 2009.
A variety of soups, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, are being prepared by the Georgian Dragon Ale House and Pub, the Buell St. Bistro, The Mill Restaurant, The Union Jack Pub, Bud’s on the Bay, Brockberry Café and Suites and Maplehurst Manor, Kelsey’s Restaurant, Barley Mow, Tandoori Mint, Fulford Academy and Loaves and Fishes, along with food and beverage donations from Starbucks, Tim Hortons, The Real Canadian Superstore, Thousand Islands Secondary School and Findlay Foods Ltd.
Fiddlers Plus and Mark Bergman will provide entertainment throughout the event.
Loaves and Fishes, located at 25 Front Street East, is a lowcost restaurant serving approximately 100 people in need each weeknight, including young families.
It receives no government funding and relies on donations and this annual fundraiser to continue its services.
Tickets are on sale at both Brockville Scotiabank branches and from Loaves and Fishes at 613-345-6498. Scotiabank is matching advance ticket sales. Tickets are also available at the door.