The 17th annual ‘Empty Bowls Soup Supper’ added to the project’s record of fundraising success by generating $3,619 – money that will benefit the Emergency Care Network (ECN) food site in Three Rivers.
Judson Stemaly, an elementary art teacher, and Jennifer Hackenberg, a kindergarten teacher at Norton Elementary School, reported the results of this year’s event in a presentation at the outset of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education meeting Monday evening (May 7). Stemaly said, “It’s a pretty big deal” and indicated the total is the largest amount raised in four years.
In keeping with the Empty Bowls tradition, this year’s event – held on February 2nd at Three Rivers High School – featured a simple meal of soup, bread, dessert and lots of bowls crafted and donated by all 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders in Three Rivers.
Stemaly and Hackenberg presented a large, ceremonial ‘check’ to Daisy Wagner, manager of the ECN food site in Three Rivers. In brief remarks that followed, Wagner noted that the Empty Bowls project began in 1996. She reminisced a bit about the program and said, “I hope a lot of the kids that really made them know the true meaning behind it that we do feed a lot of people and they’re all Three Rivers address so we can give strictly for the Three Rivers site. I’m so thankful for all the donors and for the Empty Bowl people who are carrying on the project.” (Daisy Wagner audio clip – :40)
To hear the comments by Judson Stemaly, Jennifer Hackenberg and Daisy Wagner, click here (3:23 – 3.10 MB).