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Rescue Mission benefits from Empty Bowls

December 5, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Dec. 1, the McDonough Museum of Art was host to Empty Bowls, an international project to fight hunger. The event is personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.

Funds raised at the event help provide food for those in need in the Mahoning Valley. Event organizer Missy McCormick, Associate Professor in the Department of Art- Ceramics, and 3D Studies at Youngstown State University, said this year's event did very good.

"We raised approximately $6,000," she said. "That is double what we raised at our first event in 2016."

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Volunteers who helped put together the Empty Bowls event at the McDonough Museum of Art include Vice President of Development at the Rescue Mission Lynn Wyant; friend of the Rescue Mission Christine Froats; poet Karen Schubert; friend of the Rescue Mission MariAnne Cohen; Studio Art Support Specialist Jennifer Kirkpatrick; Professor of Art and Empty Bowls YSU Organizer Missy McCormick; and Client Advisor at the Rescue Mission Crystal Eckman. 

The way the project works starts with artists who generously donated their time and talent to create handmade bowls for the event. The bowls are then laid out on tables and event attendees choose an empty bowl and get a simple meal to enjoy in exchange for their donation. The bowls are wrapped for safe transport home.

The funds from the event go to the Rescue Mission to help in feeding the hungry.

Food for the meal was donated by Aladdin's Eatery, Kravitz Deli, V2 Wine Bar and Trattoria by Vernon and The Bread Chef, Classic Bakery and other fine area bakeries.

Current list of sponsors include Youngstown State University, Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication, Department of Art, McDonough Museum of Art, Ohio Ceramics, Standard Ceramics Supply.



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