PUBLISHED: 2:54 PM on Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Empty Bowls raises funds for Glory Hole
Juneau's third "Empty Bowls" dinner will take place from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Centennial Hall. This dinner will raise funds for The Glory Hole, Juneau's emergency homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund raising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

In Juneau, many potters, including amateur potters, university students and professional artists, have been involved in the creation of over 500 bowls that will be displayed at the April 23rd dinner.

"We are fortunate to have a wealth of creative and generous artists in our community," said Jetta Whittaker, executive director of The Glory Hole. "My office is stacked with boxes full of unique and beautiful bowls waiting to be selected by diners."

Several soups will be featured at a time, so diners can choose their favorite to enjoy.

"Empty Bowls creatively melds local artistic and culinary talents together to help fight hunger in our town," Whittaker said. "This will be a fun event for the whole family to enjoy. "

Empty Bowls tickets are $25 each. Children under 12, when accompanied by a parent with a ticket, receive a complimentary serving of soup.

Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, and from board members of The Glory Hole.

For more information, contact Jetta Whittaker at 586-4159.