The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 6, 2013

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Empty Bowls event a success

Dear Editor:

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, the third annual Empty Bowls Project was held at Friendship United Methodist Church.  This community event is held to raise the awareness of hunger as it impacts local families. This year’s event raised more than $2,600, with all proceeds going to the Family Resource Center to be used to assist struggling families in Athens and Limestone County with rent, utilities and groceries.

The success of this year’s event was made possible by our many generous contributors.  Applebee’s, Logan’s, LuVici’s, 306 Barbecue, Samurai, Shoney’s, the Family Resource Center, Priscilla Whittier, and Wildwood Deli all supplied the delicious soups that were served.  Papa John’s and Village Pizza donated fresh breadsticks, Shelley Underhill contributed her famous “Firecrackers” and Taco Bell furnished paper products. 

Local artists donating their works for the silent auction were David, Melinda, and Rachel Quinn, Jason Braly, Diane Lehr, Vicki Camp, Val Rainey, Lisa Milby, Richard Ploss, Sonya Gordon, Penny Wise, Tracy Leopard, Lori Baker, Pamela Keller, Emily Clem, Emily Cole, Jaina Anderson, Gerald Todd, Diane Payne, Alissa Clark, Dan Heinkel, Jenny Weatherford, and Priscilla’s Framing. 

Each of our guests choose a hand-crafted bowl to take home with them as a reminder that many of the bowls in our community are empty.  Bowls were created and donated by Emily Cole, Alissa Clark, The Potter’s Hand, Kathryn Maples, the Athens State University Art Club, and Friendship Church Small Groups.

We are grateful to have such generous community support for this tremendous annual event.  Go ahead and mark your calendars for next year’s Empty Bowls Project, which will be moved to Administrative Assistant’s Day on April 23.  Thank you to all who donated, worked, attended or supported Empty Bowls in any way.


The Empty Bowls Team

Friendship Church