May 21, 2019Print | PDF
Wilfrid Laurier University’s 10th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser was a huge success, raising $5,000 for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
More than 125 people attended the sold-out event on May 16 in the Library on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Attendees arrived at the Library’s Robert Langen Art Gallery early to choose a bowl, handmade by artisans with the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop, and enjoy a variety of soups.
All ticket proceeds from Empty Bowls go to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, with Waterloo Potters’ Workshop members donating bowls for the event and Laurier's Food Services, Students' Union and Veritas Café working together to donate the soups.
“Empty Bowls has become a celebrated outreach initiative for the gallery,” says Suzanne Luke, curator of Laurier’s Robert Langen Art Gallery and event organizer. “Collectively over the 10 years, we have raised over $38,000 for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, which translates into 115,000-plus meals for families in need.”
Attendees enjoyed five varieties of soup: Vietnamese duck soup; smoked chicken and corn chowder; fresh asparagus veloute with Padano crisps; cream of wild mushroom soup; and roasted carrot and apple soup. Bread, refreshments and cake were also available. Two students from Laurier’s Community Music program, Marice Moore and Jacquie Pugh, performed during lunch.
Some who attended all nine previous Empty Bowls events were entered into a draw to win prizes. The lucky grand prize winner was Laurier staff member Margot Snyder, who won a charcoal barbeque. Additional door prizes were donated by artist Sharon Whittle, the Elora Festival, Famoso Restaurant, Gina’s Spa, Hair Studio and Medi Spa, Hustl + Flow, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Laurier Bookstore, Modo Yoga, Potter Laurie Cowell, Princess Cinemas and WLU Press.
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region sources and distributes fresh, frozen and non-perishable food to more than 100 programs and agencies in the region through the Community Food Assistance Network, including food hampers, school nutrition programs and community meals.