Empty Bowls Fundraiser Raises over $2,500 for Sparkpoint Food Pantry

STUDENTS at empty bowlsThe 2017 Skyline College Empty Bowl Project once again highlights the capacity of art to inspire a successful community fundraiser!

The Skyline College Ceramics Club hosted its 5th Empty Bowls fundraiser on November 15, 2017 at Fireside Dining Hall. Ceramics students from Skyline College and Capuchino High School made 350 unique handmade bowls. Guests chose from a large table filled with stacks of colorful bowls and had them filled by student volunteers with their choice of soup, catered by Pacific Dining and funded by the Student Organization and Club Council (SOCC). Trader Joe’s donated funds for the desserts, and Pepsi donated the beverages.

Vibrant entertainment included performances by the Soundscape vocal jazz ensemble, directed by Associate Professor of Music Michelle Hawkins, and the Skyline College Jazz Quintet, with Associate Professor of Music Zachary Bruno on keyboards. The Skyline College Dance Program got people moving with a performance choreographed by Associate Professor Amber Steele. The night ended with drawings for ceramic artwork and gift baskets donated by the Ceramics Club members and various community organizations, raising more funds for the evening.

The event raised $2,528, which will be donated to the SparkPoint at Skyline College Food Pantry, helping to serve those in need. SparkPoint had an information table at the event, highlighting SparkPoint’s vital programs and services to visitors.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement inspiring fundraising events all over the country, and internationally. The common thread with all Empty Bowls events is using the power of art to bring the community together and help those in need. Thanks to everyone who supported this event!

Article by Tiffany Schmierer | Photos by David Monrroy

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