Empty Bowl Project fills community needReaders' Forum
On behalf of the Art League of Ocean City and Diakonia, we would like to thank the hundreds of people who helped make the 4th annual “Empty Bowl” project a huge success, raising over $10,000 to be shared by the two charities.
This project is a partnership between the two nonprofits and was sponsored by First Shore Federal Bank and community donors. It engages a diverse group of people in making art for a good cause.
Over 400 ceramic bowls were made by volunteers over the course of three months at the Ocean City Center for the Arts, with 100 of the bowls made by school groups that visited the Art Center in the month of December. The bowl making sessions brought school children, teens, adults, and senior citizens together to engage in a creative activity that brought awareness and funds to help the hungry and support the arts.
The bowls were distributed at the Empty bowl dinner on March 31 to remind people of all the empty bowls in the world. More than 300 people attended the dinner at the Art Center.
Thanks go out to our hard-working committee members: Velda Henry, Carol Rose, Beth Rodier, Debbi Dean-Colley, Nancy Barnas, Nancy Fortney, Kathy Bohs, Katie Brown, Kim Morgan, Becky Simonds, Sandy Glassman, and Debbi Anderson.
We are particularly proud of the Stephen Decatur Middle School Builders Club who organized a candy drive and sold the bags of candy at the event as a donation to the project.
Thank you to the restaurants, stores, and individuals who donated the delicious soups, breads, desserts, beverages, and auction items. We are grateful for the support of these civic minded people. They are:
A Bagel And, A Little Bit Sheepish, A Perfect Face Day Spa, Baked Dessert Cafe, Bayside Wine and Spirits, Bayville Package Store, Becky Simonds, Berlin Downtown Video, Bombshell Boutique, Bruder Hill, Bungalow Love, Burley Oak Brewing Company, Buxy’s Salty Dog, Captain’s Table.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chuck Idol, Crabcake Factory USA, CraZy LadyZ, Delmarva Shorebirds, Dennis Young, Dough Roller Restaurant - 41st St. location, Dunes Manor Hotel, Embers/Blu, Fager’s Island, Fenwick Crab House, Fins Ale House and Raw Bar, Floaters, Food Lion, Fox’s Pizza Den, Friends of Mary Beth Carozza, Gilbert’s Provisions.
Glitter and Gold, Go Organic Grocer, Harmony Wellness Spa, Harris Teeter, Harvey Rosenberg, Henry Fine Arts Gallery, Ish, Jeff Auxer Designs, Just Hooked, Kate Cashman, Kathy Bohs, K-Coast Surf Shop, Kevin Fleming Photography, Lazy River Saloon at Frontier Town, Leighton Moore.
Liquid Assets, M.R. Ducks, Main Street Tea Room, Mancini’s Restaurant, Mio Fratello, Monkey’s Trunk, Mother’s Cantina, Nancy Fortney, Off the Hook Restaurant Group, Oh My Hair, On What Grounds, Panera Bread, Park Place Jewelers, Patrick Henry, Pepsi, Planet Maze, Raggamuffin, Random Juxtaposition, Rooster’s Nest, Ruark Golf.
Runaway Tide General Store, Sandra Glassman, SDMS Builder’s Club, Seacrets, Starbucks, String Beanz, Sunset Grille, Sweetie Beads, Ta Da, The Dough Roller Restaurant, The Georgia House Restaurant, The Green Turtle, The Hobbit Restaurant, The Nest, The Treasure Chest, Urban Nectar, Uncle Jon’s, Venable Cleaners, Victorian Charm, West Ocean City Bottle Shop & Bar, West OC Fitness, World of Toys, and Zen Spa.
Special thanks to the String Beanz for adding their delightful music to the evening. Our appreciation goes out to the many dedicated volunteers from both Diakonia and the Art League who helped make the bowls, gather donations, and work at the event.
One hundred percent of the proceeds of this project will go to support the missions of Diakonia and the Art League.
Diakonia is dedicated to building a foundation for those in crisis or who are homeless while maintaining their dignity and respect, providing hope and assistance and helping them change the direction of their lives, one step at a time. The mission of the Art League of Ocean City is to promote the visual arts in the Ocean City area through exhibits, education, scholarship, programs and community art events.
Again, we appreciate the participation and the support of all who made this unique fundraiser possible.
Executive Director, Art League of Ocean City
Executive Director, Diakonia