Empty Bowls Raises Record-breaking $35,233 For Local Food Bank
Springfield, Ohio – After the Wittenberg University and Springfield communities came together for the 16th annual Empty Bowls fundraising event on March 25, Associate Professor of Art and manager of Wittenberg’s Empty Bowls project Scott Dooley announced that an unprecedented $35,233 was raised to aid those in the community who are experiencing difficult times.
Dooley thanked Wittenberg’s Dining Services, Sodexo and its team, Events Coordinator for Catholic Social Charities Anna Plataniotis and her committee members, Lisa Boitse, Lori Burcham, Kary Iddings, Kathy Kridler, Holly Lahman, Terese Larson, Lee Ann Lopez, Stephanie McCuiston, Mary Alice Neely, Mindy O’ Donnell, Melissa Patsiavos, Tiffany Rihm, Bridget Risner and Brenna Theiss, who helped solicit event sponsors from the community.
Student coordinator Lauren Luecke, class of 2010 from Mahtomedi, Minn., organized throwing days and lined up volunteers for the event.
“Her level of organization made the lead up to the event smooth and seamless,” Dooley said. “She helped us set and achieve the goal of making 1,000 bowls.”
A total of 1,037 bowls were made this year. They were all sold by 6:30 p.m. that night.
Ninety percent of the bowls were made outside of traditional classroom time and on Saturdays by Wittenberg students and members of the community, including students from Project Jericho who participated in an Empty Bowls module last fall.
Major event sponsors included Sodexo, The Greek Orthodox Church-Ladies Philoptochos, Villa Springfield and Rehab Center, Remington Steel, Madison Avenue Pharmacy, Rob Baker and Mary Jo Groves. V.I.P. sponsors include Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, Springfield Clark CTC Culinary Arts Program, Dr. Dana and Judy King, Kova of Ohio, Home City Federal Savings Bank, A.G. Samuelson, Inc., Clark-Champaign Chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors and Community Mercy Health Partners.
Additional support and supplies were donated by Flashions, Heidelberg Distributers, O’Charley’s, Texas Road House, Linardos Villa, Seasons Bistro and Grille, 800 Paint Place, Howard’s Foods-Save-A-Lot, Donatos, Dole, GFS, Economy Linens, Springfield Clark CTC Culinary Arts Program, Tecumseh High School, CLS Graphics, Brain Lumber and Bob Evans, located on Leffel Lane.
“We increased our total by more than $7,000 from 2009,” Dooley said. “I am continually amazed by Wittenberg and the Springfield community. During the challenging economic downturn of the last two years there have been many foundations and organizations that have been forced to cut funding. But we have been able increase our totals by over $14,000 during this two-year period. (This is) truly inspirational.”
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Erin Pence