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Ninth annual Empty Bowls to be held April 14

The ninth annual Empty Bowls event is Thursday, April 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Commons in New Richmond. The event is being billed as the last large community event in the building.

Empty Bowls is one of the largest fundraisers in the New Richmond community for the Happy Kids Backpack program, which works to reduce/eliminate food insecurity for school aged children during school year weekends.

The first Empty Bowls in 2007 raised $8200 and every year the event has increased the amount of money raised significantly. Every dollar raised equals $7 worth of food that can be purchased to help the hungry.

Empty Bowls 2015 raised over $20,000 and that equaled $140,000 worth of food that was purchased for the program.

This year’s Empty Bowls will include hundreds of beautiful bowls made by community members, middle school and high school students, sponsors and local area professional potters. Along with the bowls, Empty Bowls will also feature glass pendants, slumped wine bottles, a silent auction, great entertainment, a cake walk, tote bags, tours of the food shelf, hunger bingo, popcorn, bake sale and more. New Richmond School District fourth-graders from each building also made handmade placemats for the evening with messages about Empty Bowls.

Soup that has been donated by your favorite community restaurants/businesses, along with fresh bread/breadsticks, will be served.

The event is free, and with every purchase of a bowl for $10 you will receive a ticket for free soup and bread.

Silent auction items for this year’s event include a beautiful handmade quilt, a wood chipper, tickets to The Book of Mormon, Twins tickets, passes for Nickelodeon Universe ride bands, MOA mini golf passes, Trollhaugen passes and more. New to the silent auction this year is themed tote bags. The bags will also be sold separately for $5, with a generous donation from Westfields of material, and the talents of St. Luke’s ladies, and First Lutheran and many students and other community members who donated either time, talent or materials. The themed bags have been donated by many groups.

This year’s event will also feature a new giveaway, called “You have chosen wisely.” Pick a chalice bowl — there will be about 100 to choose from — and if your number is called at the end of the evening you will win a beautiful handmade (by Mark Lusardi) illuminated castle. It will be displayed during the evening, so you will want to make a point to check it out.