Each year members of the Fredonia Potter's Co-op gather to make a special collection of bowls, which are made available to the public to help feed the hungry.
This year the fundraising event will include a meal consisting of soup and bread. To select and obtain a bowl and enjoy a delicious meal of soup and bread come to the St. John's United Church of Christ parish hall from 11 am until 3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 6. All of the proceeds will go to the budget of the Friendly Kitchen.
At least three very special gourmet soups will be prepared by For Your Pleasure, the catering business owned by Pat and Sylvia Bailey. Their services are volunteered and it is anticipated that area food merchants will donate all of the ingredients for the meal.
Gary Vellum and Jim Reno are two members of the Fredonia Potter’s Co-op who are working to raise funds for the Friendly Kitchen in Dunkirk.
This project is also made possible by the generous support and contributions of time and materials of a host of individuals and area merchants.
Chautauqua County professional and student potters, all members of the Fredonia Potter's Co-op, gathered on Sunday, Oct. 5 to create a large number of hand-made bowls. This occurred at Mudslingers, the pottery studio and clay school of Ron Nasca, located in downtown Fredonia. Each piece is imprinted with the Empty Bowls logo and will be finished in one of several beautiful high-fired glazes.
A large portion of the clay for this project has been donated by Clayscapes, owned by Don Seymour, a ceramic supplier in Syracuse. Both Ron and Don became potters while they were undergraduates at SUNY Fredonia, studying with recently retired Distinguished Teaching Professor Marvin Bjurlin, coordinator of the project.
The Fredonia Potter's Co-op will have made bowls in varied sizes and shapes, for child and adult portions of soup. These handmade bowls are to be taken home by those contributing to this fundraiser as ongoing reminders of the need to help alleviate hunger in our community as well as in the entire world.
Individuals participating may choose to pay with personal checks made out to the Chautauqua Rural Ministries, memo: Friendly Kitchen. All contributions are fully tax deductible. Cash, of course, is also acceptable for the purchase of a bowl.
The bowls will range between $10 and $30, with the majority being $20.
Since 1990, Empty Bowls fundraiser projects have occurred all over the world, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat hunger. In each case, the bowls are created by volunteer potters who select a recipient in their region for the proceeds of their effort. Anyone interested in this phenomenon is invited to visit www.emptybowls.net.
Please join with members of the Fredonia Potter's Co-op on Dec. 6 to make the 2008 Dunkirk/Fredonia Empty Bowls fundraiser a real success.