Empty Bowls Event Raises $34K

Loudoun Empty Bowls announced this week that it raised $34,000 from its 2017 event to support Loudoun Hunger Relief and Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. Loudoun Hunger Relief received $20,000 and Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter received $14,000.

The event was held on Sept. 14 at Stone Tower Winery, the venue sponsor for a fourth year. The event brings together artists, who donate one-of-a-kind handmade bowls, and people who care about eliminating hunger and injustice in our community. The 2017 event sold out, with more than 500 people attending. Their $50 entrance fee included soup, bread, and a bowl donated by a local artist.

Jennifer Montgomery, executive director of Loudoun Hunger Relief, and Judy Hanley, executive director of Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, jointly praised the event. In a joint statement they said, “We can never thank the Empty Bowls Event Committee enough. … Their dedication and caring raised $34,000 to help the people in our community who need it the most.”

They said that thanks are also due to the ceramic artists who participated in the effort as well as White House Ceramic Studios and Firebird Ceramics. A complete list of participating artists can be found at loudounemptybowls.org.

The 2017 Empty Bowls Committee presents checks to Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery, far left, and LAWS Executive Director Judy Hanley, second from right.[Courtesy of Loudoun Empty Bowls]

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