Empty Bowls draws 150 people and raises $5000 to help homelessness

November 15th, 2011
Three bowls that were part of the silent auction. (Photos by Bill Muir.)

Our second annual Empty Bowls event attracted 150 people and raised $5,000 to support our Go-Getters Drop-in Center.

Empty Bowls took place last on Friday evening, November 11 at the Mexicantown Mercado in southwest Detroit.

The event was organized by Cathie Baldwin, who serves on the Southwest Counseling Solutions Board, and her Detroit neighbors Jackie and Earl Bell. The Bells are artists and activists who have been working with our consumers and others for more than a year to make the bowls. In total, about 100 people made bowls for this year’s event.

“The empty bowls remind us that millions of people go to bed hungry everyday,” Cathie said. “Our Empty Bowl event is one small way to fill those bowls with food and caring for people on our earth in need.”

The funds raised will help Go-Getters stock its food pantry and update its kitchen that provides hot lunches to 50 people on weekdays.

A silent auction was held at the event, featuring bowls decorated by artists affiliated with 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios, as well as other artists. Elizabeth Sutton and Byron Nemela, in particular, donated significant time and energy to organizing bowl-decorating workshops at 555 and to throwing and firing dozens of bowls.

We thank all the restaurants that donated food to the event:

Armando’s Mexican Restaurant
El Barzon
Blimpie’s Sub (Clinton Township)
Coney Island Grill (Fraser)
Evie’s Tamales
Honey Bee Market
Las Brisas
Mexican Gardens (Southgate)
Mexican Village
Milano Bakery & Café
Papa Romano’s (Fraser)
Russell Street Deli
Slows Bar·B·Q Detroit
Taqueria Mi Pueblo
El Zócalo Mexican Restaurant

Empty Bowls began in Michigan 20 years ago, and has grown into an international movement driven by grassroots projects, like ours. The goals of the movement are to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity, raise money for organizations fighting hunger, and foster an attitude that will not tolerate hunger.

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