The fourth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser took place on Friday at Prince William Sound Community College’s training room, Sugarloaf Hall. About 40 college and community members came together to enjoy delicious home-made soups, breads, and camaraderie. The event featured a wonderfully optimistic tale of post-1964 Earthquake events, told by College Council member and local historian, Dorothy Moore.
For a minimum donation of $10, each person chose a bowl to fill and take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls and stomachs in the country. This year many of the eclectic bowls were donated by a potter in Rhode Island, Ellen Blomgren of Mudstone Studios. Blomgren shipped the bowls across the country when she received the request by old friend and PWSCC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Wendy Goldstein. The bread and soup were donated by all local individuals and contributed to a successful outcome of $500 raised for the Valdez Food Bank.
This event started four years ago as a service project for Alpha Psi Gamma, PWSCC’s chapter of the national two-year service organization, Phi Theta Kappa. The Empty Bowls project is a nation-wide phenomenon, and one which resonated with the chapter which decided it would be a fitting way to help the community. Gracious thanks to all those who helped make this year’s event a success, either with much-needed donations, or by coming out and showing your support.