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Empty Bowls 2019

March 15 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$25 – $30

The Ceramic Designers Association (CDA) in partnership with Virginia Wesleyan University invites you to the Empty Bowls 2019 Dinner.

It will take place on Friday, March 15th, 2019 from 5:30-8:30pm to be held at Jane P. Batten Student Center building on the Virginia Wesleyan University campus.

Empty Bowls is a project organized by the CDA locally in Hampton Roads and is celebrating its 21st year. In 1990 a high school teacher in Michigan and his students found a way to raise funds to support a local food drive that evolved into an international effort to feed the hungry through fundraisers raising millions around the world. Some Empty Bowls events started meagerly with potter/artisans creating the bowls and bringing gallons of soup each to feed the ticket holders!

In 1995, CDA hosted the first Empty Bowls Fundraising dinner locally with 200 tickets sold. The effort grew and eventually found a location large enough to hold the growth at Virginia Wesleyan University in 1999. The 20th annual dinner hosted in 2018 saw approximately 650 tickets sold. We have set a goal for the 21st dinner in 2019 to sell a similar number of tickets. Virginia Wesleyan has agreed to host the event dinner again this year. Sodexo provides soup and beverage. Baker’s Crust will be providing bread, and Fresh Market a desert option. Mancon products has agreed to provide paper goods and floral arrangements by the Virginia Beach Garden Club will adorn the tables. The Tidewater Turners, CDA and other local artist’s also will donate works for a silent auction the night of the event. It is truly the community coming together to impact good. 100% of the proceeds benefit local charities who will also be on-hand providing information the night of the event.

The evening of the event, guests are served a simple meal of soup and bread in a handmade artisan bowl. Ticket holders pay $25 in advance or $30 at the door. All of the proceeds benefit six local charities working to feed the hungry. Bowls are made by local artists in support of the event and each ticket-holder takes one home as a reminder that we can all do something to reduce hunger. Tickets are available from the following local merchants: SPARC Shoppe (Suffolk), All Hands Pottery (Norfolk), Naro Video (Norfolk), Hickory Trading Company (Chesapeake), Virginia Wesleyan Bookstore (VA Beach), Jerry’s Artarama (VA Beach), Tin Soldiers Forgotten Treasures (VA Beach), The Creative Wedge (VA Beach), The Artist’s Gallery (VA Beach), and online at http://www.cdava.com.

The first stop for ticket-holders is “the bowl room” where individuals eagerly hunt for their selected bowl to take home. The room holds dozens of tables topped by hundreds of handmade bowl-shaped treasures. Some participants will wait in line for an hour or more to be the first to select a bowl. It’s a community creativity treasure-hunt with a purpose!

Each year the CDA and other local organizations like Tidewater Turners (a local wood-turning group) supply the handmade bowls. Typically 900 or more are available for the night. After dinner guests select a bowl they make their way through information tables setup by the organizations the dinner will benefit, and then are served soup, bread, dessert, and a beverage – all donated by local organizations. A local floral group, The Virginia Beach Garden Club, provides beautiful displays in the dining room where attendees are treated to first-class hospitality, entertainment, a silent auction of donated artworks, 50/50 raffle, and artistic demonstrations.

The Charities Benefiting:
Since 2015 approximately $120,000 has been donated to charities via this event. CDA focuses the money raised on supporting local needs through the following charitable organizations:
– Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
– Help and Emergency Response Shelter
– Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
– Oasis Social Ministries
– Samaritan House
– Union Mission


March 15
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$25 – $30
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Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23455 United States
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