The 19th-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser was a strong success, raising a total of $70,474 for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf. Held on March 7 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the event drew community members of all ages who came out to enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, pottery, and local entertainment.
"We want to thank everyone in our community for mixing in your 'special ingredients' to make our 19th-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf a great success," said Hopkins volunteer coordinator Barb Westmoreland. "Your support helps to ensure that no one's bowl goes empty in our community."
This year's recipe for success included:
- 1,340 bowls created by Hopkins Public Schools students, staff, and community potters
- 34 Hopkins Public Schools art, music, and elementary teachers
- 318 volunteers and 302 entertainers of all ages
- 54 artist bowls and fine art for the silent auction
- 1,517 servings of soup and bread
- 40 sponsors of in-kind services
Mix well together and the yield will be $70,474! This amount includes the $51,750 "Challenge to the Community Fund" sponsored by the Minnetonka Rotary, SUPERVALU, and 189 business, civic, congregation, city, school, and community leaders.
Mark your calendar: Next year, the 20th-annual Empty Bowls will be held on March 13, 2018.