People attending Empty Bowls selected a bowl from their favourite potter, picked up a tray and choose a soup, bread, beverage and dessert before sitting down to enjoy. This year was unprecedented with lines and lines of supporter of this amazing fundraiser. – Photos by Doreen Barnes
Brockville – Well over 500 people attended the Loaves and Fishes Empty Bowls Fundraising Event on Saturday, April 7th at the Brockville Memorial Civic Centre.
Attendees had a choice among 13 varieties of tasty soups, including Broccoli and Cheddar, Minestrone, Potato & Leek, Loaded Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Tomato Basil, Beef & Barley, Chicken Noodle, Cream of Wild Mushroom, Curried Carrot, Orange & Ginger, Mulakanti, Curried Carrot & Apple, Sweet Potato Thai. Along with the support from the public, local business, musicians and artisans gave of their time and expertise.
During Empty Bowls Fundraising event on Saturday, April 7 at the Brockville Memorial Civic Centre, and volunteer Norma Smith (left) served Loaves and Fishes vegan Sweet Potato Thai soup to attendee Jan Murray (right).
As chair Deanne Clark indicated, “Once again we are thrilled by the community support. This event is so special and people come year after year and we thank them for that; for supporting Loaves and Fishes. Empty Bowls is our largest fundraiser of the year. We do not receive any government funding. So everything we do, we have to raise money for. Last year, this event raised approximately $20,500. People seem to love it because it combines artistry, local music, local potters and local food. Plus they go home with their favourite potter’s bowl.”
All funds raised on Saturday will go to Brockville’s Loaves & Fishes, Brockville’s charity based, low cost restaurant.
One of the attendees of Loaves and Fishes Empty Bowls was Casey Brodie, right, who browsed the sales tables of pottery before moving onto choosing a bowl and soup. Assisting Brodie was potter and table monitor Virginia Thomas., left.