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Empty Bowls Annual Fundraiser
Avery Diedrick (l) of Broadview Heights and Stephanie Delroso and Hannah Mitchell of Brecksville display colorful bowls. Photo by J. Kananian
Article in the Brecksville Magazine by Stacia Naoum
The Broadview Heights Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club of Brecksville will team up again to host the fifth annual Empty Bowl Project dinner on Feb. 7 at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, 8001 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville. Funds raised will equally benefit the Brecksville Food Bank and the South Hills Lend-a-Hand in Broadview Heights. Attendees will receive a simple meal of soup served in a handmade bowl, as well as salad, bread, tea and coffee. Food is donated by local eateries, including Simon’s Restaurant and Deli and London Pickle Works. “We have been fortunate to work with over 20 different local restaurants,” said Bill Rittman, Brecksville Kiwanis Club member. The meal is set up buffet-style, and there are typically 8-10 different soups offered, he said. In exchange for a $15 minimum donation, guests are asked to keep the bowl after the event as a reminder of all the empty bowls around the world. Local arts groups, including the Brecksville Center for the Arts and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Art Club, donate the handmade bowls, said Rittman. The bowls are also for sale to benefit the charities, so attendees can take home more than one, he said. The empty bowl concept is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. “We became aware of it when looking for different service projects,” said Rittman. In their research, they discovered that the Berea Kiwanis Club had done an Empty Bowls event, and the Kiwanis and Lions clubs decided to host one of their own. “We hope to be as successful as last year,” said Rittman. Last year’s event drew over 500 people and raised almost $10,000, and Rittman said they are looking to raise at least that much and increase attendance to 550. “Our goal is to provide food to the hungry,” he said. “It is a great thing, because two different service organizations are working toward the same project, and it is a great asset to the community.” For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Rittman at 440-526-5618 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Krcmar at 440-526-0941 or klkrcmar@ gmail.com. ∞