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Empty Bowls raises $18,000 for Happy Kids Backpack Program

The preliminary totals for the 2017 Empty Bowls event are in, and — with more than 350 people attending the event on April 20 at New Richmond Middle School — the event was able to raise $18,000 for The Happy Kids Backpack Program. With every dollar that is donated, the program can buy $7 worth of food from Second Harvest, which translates to $126,000 that will be distributed to needy families.

According to Director of Community Education Cheryl Emerson, more than 308 backpacks go out per month to help children and their families with weekend food insecurity. Over the last 10 years, the Empty Bowls event has raised over $158,458, which translates to $1,109,206.

More than 200 handmade bowls, made by New Richmond High School ceramics students, middle school art, school staff, student groups, community members, sponsors, local potters/artists and more were displayed in the gym. New this year was hunger bowling, fruit and veggie walk and a live auctioneer.

The silent auction had more than 100 great items for everyone to bid on, which raised $2,400, which translates to $16,800. There were also some beautiful handmade bowls by local potters/artists, teachers, students and community members. Many were able to take home some beautiful vases and pottery items that were donated to the silent auction. We raised $2400 which translates into $16,800 that can be used to purchase food from Second Harvest. The live auction, which was led by Paul Beukema, raised $750 which translates into $5,250 that can be used to purchase food from Second Harvest.

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