Empty Bowls fundraiser works to fight hunger

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The annual Empty Bowls Project fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 19 in the GE Theater at Proctor’s.

Coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center, the event will feature dinner, entertainment and a celebration of community. All proceeds from the event will benefit local charities, such as the Bethesda House, Schenectady City Mission and Concern for the Hungry. Celebrating its 25th year, Empty Bowls is a national, grassroots organization started as a student art project in Michigan.

Union students have created an assortment of handcrafted, unique pottery bowls. For a donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children and students, each guest will select a bowl and enjoy a simple meal of chili, salad and bread. Guests will keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Over the last three years, Union students have raised more than $8,000 to help fight hunger, and this year they’re looking to raise at least $3,000, said event chair Jennifer Sexton ’15.

Entertainment at Empty Bowls will be provided throughout the evening and include the College’s a cappella groups, the Heavenly Voices Choir and Ill Funk Ensemble. Generous food donors include Dining Services, Bomber’s Burrito Car, Our Daily Bread and Laurie’s Gluten Free Goodness.

Tickets are available at the Kenney Community Center and also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, March 29 and April 12 at the Schenectady Greenmarket. Tickets will also be available on the night of the event.