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Play with Clay for a Good Cause

June 01, 2011 Julie

I’m really excited to be teaming up with my friends Amanda Leipert and Julie Hickman of The Madd Potters’ Studio to host a clay bowl-making workshop on June 17 to help them gear up for their Empty Bowls Fundraiser this fall.

What is Empty Bowls, you ask? Well, Empty Bowls is international effort to combat hunger that involves people to make and donate bowls which are later used at an Empty Bowls Fundraising event where a simple meal is served to the community in the bowls. The Madd Potters’ Studio has chosen the Community Food Bank of New Jersey/Southern Branch and Imagine Render, the organizer of the Empty Bowls campaign, to receive 100% of the event proceeds. (:

According to the Community Food Bank’s latest newsletter, 20% of residents in southern New Jersey were experiencing food insecurity!!!

Last year, Madd Potters’ Studio was able to raise nearly $5,000 with their Empty Bowls Soup Tasting event that involved the area’s best restaurants. This year, they have an even larger fundraising goal and need our help.

To reach their goal of making 600 bowls for this year’s event, we’re asking you to join us for a fun evening out to make and donate your bowl for this great cause.  Here’s what you need to know:

WHEN:  Friday, June 17 from 6-8 PM

WHERE:  Home Made, 1761 N. Route 9 in Swainton (next to Sand Barrens)

WHAT:  Meet some new people and make a clay bowl. The bowl will be kept so it can be glazed, fired, and later used as part of the Empty Bowls Fundraiser Soup Tasting Event to be held at Woodland Village on October 15.

WHY:  It’ll be lots of fun to hang out, play with clay and support our community. We’ll also have some delicious snacks plus wine and beer to share, thanks to Gleeson’s Liquors!

COST:  $15 per adult, so schedule a babysitter and come on out!

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page here.

I’ll see you soon! Until then, click this link and feed your brain: Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Hunger.


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