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Woodland Ceramic Club's Empty Bowls event raises nearly $3,000 to help combat hunger

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The Woodland Ceramic Club hosted an Empty Bowls fundraiser dinner on December 1, 2016 raising more than $2,775.00 for the Woodland Action Center, a foodbank based in Woodland, Washington.

The Woodland Ceramic Club's Empty Bowls fundraiser let the nearly 100 attendees select their own hand-made bowl to keep including choosing from a variety of soup provided by local-area restaurants.
The Woodland Ceramic Club's Empty Bowls fundraiser let the nearly 100 attendees select their own hand-made bowl to keep including choosing from a variety of soup provided by local-area restaurants. 

Nearly 100 community members attended the fundraiser dinner, held at Woodland High School, where they chose their own bowl to keep from a variety of handmade ceramic bowls thrown and kiln-fired by the Woodland Ceramics Club. Attendees chose from several different soups donated by local area restaurants. During the event, additional ceramic pieces made by local ceramic artists were auctioned off to raise additional funds. Culinary arts students from Woodland High School involved in the SkillsUSA and Creative Chef programs prepared the food, served it to attendees, and cleaned up the event space while the Woodland High School Music Program provided live entertainment as bands performed a number of different songs for the attendees. 

The Woodland Public Schools Music Program provided live entertainment.
The Woodland Public Schools Music Program provided live entertainment.

The fundraiser was organized by Michael Smith, an art teacher at Woodland High School, who was inspired by Empty Bowls, a national project created by Imagine Render, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community. The Empty Bowls Project has operated for 25 years as an international grassroots effort to raise money and awareness in the fight to end hunger.

Soup was donated by local restaurants including Gudalajara Restaurant, Rosie's Restaurant, The Oak Tree and the American Family Diner. Local bakery, Kalama Bread Company, provided bread for the dinner with Red Leaf Coffee providing coffee and beverages.

Local ceramic artists were on-hand to demonstrate their skills and provided pieces to be auctioned off to help raise funds to combat hunger.
Local ceramic artists were on-hand to demonstrate their skills and provided pieces to be auctioned off to help raise funds to combat hunger. 

"We're incredibly pleased with the turnout demonstrating how many community members and local businesses truly care for this cause," said Michael Smith, an art teacher at Woodland High School who coordinated the event. "We'd also like to thank the Arts of Clark County, Southwest Washington State, the School Retirees' Association, and Georgie's Clay who donated grant funds and materials to make this event possible."

Jennifer Williams (Vice Chair of Arts of Clark County), Karen Madsen (Chair of Arts of Clark County), and Michelle Allen (local artist) also attended the fundraiser.
Jennifer Williams (Vice Chair of Arts of Clark County), Karen Madsen (Chair of Arts of Clark County), and Michelle Allen (local artist) also attended the fundraiser. 

The Woodland Action Center is a community services organization based in Woodland, Washington incorporating best practices by offering nontraditional hours and a personal shopping experience intended to empower client choice and waste. You can learn more by visiting their website at www.woodlandaction.org. More information about Imagine Render and the Empty Bowls Project can be found on their website at www.emptybowls.net.

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