10th annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser kicks off in early 2019

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - A collaboration of non-profits in New Bern is celebrating its 10th anniversary of "Empty Bowls" with three events in early 2019 that all benefit local outreach efforts.

The Craven Arts Council and Gallery work together with the Religious Community Services to raise money for art outreach and services through RCS which staffs a soup kitchen and temporary shelter along with many other community services to help those in need.

Before a night of soup in February, potters will gather to make the bowls in January.

The "Potters Throwdown" is being held on the same Friday as the Artwalk in New Bern on Friday, January 11. Six local potters will compete to make as many bowls as possible within one hour. The goal for this year is 300 bowls. After the hour is up, a high school "Souper Bowl" will begin with four high school and four middle school teams competing to make the best bowl of soup. There will be live entertainment and music throughout the evening. The potter's throwdown and Souper Bowl are being held at 317 Middle St.

The 10th annual "Empty Bowls" will be held on Thursday, February 28 at Temple Church in New Bern. About thirty local restaurants, churches and other groups will donate soup to feed about a thousand people.

Empty Bowls runs from 11am-1:30pm. Tickets are $25 and include lunch and a handcrafted bowl to take home. They can be purchased in-person at Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. or by phone or online.

You can get more information about these events at emptybowlsnewbern.org
or by calling 252-638-2577.