Empty Bowls raises $8,800

By Jeff Eason (eason@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Apr. 18, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 18, 2013
Empty Bowls raises $8,800

Last week, Watauga High School students gave a check for $8,800 to the Hunger and Health Coalition. The money was raised during the annual spring fundraiser known as the Empty Bowls project. Pictured are, front row from left, Amanda Woodard, Juliana Bond, Kauner Michael, Jordan Stokes and Sierra Lowder; back row from left, Shelton Wilder, Carly Moser, Mataya Maggio, Andrew Harrelson, Chris Lowder, Graham Sloboda, Rachel Greene, Kristen Carter, Cam Greene, Brittney Burwell, Will Bushman, Sierra Sweeny, Shelby Reagan and Whit Whitaker.

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Students at Watauga High School have been doing their part to feed hungry families in the High Country for a dozen years now.

Through the WHS Empty Bowls project, more than $60,000 has been raised for the Hunger and Health Coalition.

The 2013 Empty Bowls event, featuring a humble meal of soup and bread, live entertainment and a silent auction, raised $8,800 for the Hunger and Health Coalition.

“This year, we broke our previous record of $8,100 as more than 450 people were served with handmade bowls donated by students and area potters,” said Whit Whitaker, ceramics instructor at WHS.

“Your activism and passion have made the Empty Bowls project a meaningful endeavor with tremendous impact in our community,” said Compton Fortuna, executive director of the Hunger and Health Coalition. “Thanks to you, more families will have food on their tables, and fewer children will go to bed hungry. It is an inspiration and honor to work in partnership with such a committed and generous group of people.”

Food donors at Empty Bowls included the WHS ProStart II and Advanced Foods II classes, Stick Boy Bread Company, Casa Rustica, Pepper’s, Melanie’s, Woodland’s Barbecue and Pickin’ Parlor, Troy’s 105 Diner, The Speckled Trout, F.A.R.M. Café and Earth Fare.

Friends of Watauga provided the wide assortment of desserts at the event.

Bowl makers included students at WHS, Parkway School and Green Valley School, in addition to potters Maggie Black, Becki Henderson-Gow, Lucy Hamilton, Jeff Carter, Nancy Graham, Marianne Hall, Willie Hicks, Bob Meier, Lin Morris, Jill Huffman, Pat Morrison, Tom Robbins, Jimmy Savely, Barbara Scarborough, Carol Thompson, Dacia Trethewey, Whit Whtitaker, Tim Turner, Carlos Robledos, Patti Carmen Whitehead, Steve and Kathy Williams, Brenda Schram, Cheryl Williams, Jane Maddocks, Rachel Kirk, Lynn Gordon, Cheryl Hagevik, Finley Dula, Michele Strouth and Mary Anne Rowley.

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