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Empty Bowls fundraiser helping bowl down hunger

IPFW Students helped organize the Empty Bowls fundraiser this year

Posted: May 1, 2018 3:31 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - It's called the Empty Bowl fundraiser and it's quite simple. Members of the community come in, they buy a bowl, they enjoy some lunch and then they leave, but it’s there money will help benefit the community.

This is the 2nd year for the event where students from IPFW, Northrop High School, and the Church for Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints came together to make ceramic bowls to sell for charity.


IPFW senior Katherine Gaff helped coordinate her fellow ceramics classmates and was surprised with how quickly her $1,500 grant proposal that was submitted 2 months ago to help with the event was accepted.

“It only took them a week and they awarded us $1,500. So, we bought 1,500 pounds of clay and all the supplies and cosmos donated some soup and everything," Gaff said.

This year’s event is unlike last years, as a part of his class and with only a little guidance, students from professor Seth Green’s Ceramics class organized the food, venue, promotion, and who the funds will go to.

Green said, “I’m really proud of my students. I mean, they’re student artists, they’re going to have to do this type of thing as a professional artist at some point in their life. Learn how to run shoulders with people in the community, build partnerships, raise funds, put on events like this. So, I think this is an event that benefits everyone.”

Those who’ll benefit the most is the food bank at IPFW, which serves about 50 people per week. The head of the food bank, Dr. Alison Rynearson, says she’s happy the students are taking the lead in helping their classmates and community.

“We love the opportunity for our own students to get involved in giving back to their other fellow students through money or funds or through cans or other donations,” Rynearson said.

Last year’s event raised over 3,000 dollars, and even 15 minutes after the doors opened, Gaff said they were seeing more people this time around

“This is like 3 times the amount of people we had last year. So, this is super exciting.”

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