Empty Bowls Fills Stomachs And Coffers

The organizers of Empty Bowls say they're on track to break their fundraising record of $20,500

The 10th annual fundraiser put on by Loaves and Fishe was held on Saturday, April 7th at the Brockville Memorial Centre Community Hall. This is the biggest fundraiser the group has throughout the year, and the public responded, with lines wrapped around the centre and over 500 tickets sold.

Local artisans donate hand crafted bowls in which soup is served in. The $25 cost of admission includes the bowl.

Organizer Mary Mansworth says this year over 500 bowls have been sold, more than had been made last year.

"Jean Marr who used to make us a lot of bowls died two years ago, and everyone has responded so well," says Mansworth. "We've had a couple people make over a hundred bowls - who don't want to be mentioned."

Mansworth thanked the community and people of Brockville, saying it all comes togeather because of them.

"The restaurants in town are very generous. I believe we've had over 12 restaurants who've made soup this year," she says. "And we've also couldn't have done this without St. Lawrence College because most of the potters work out of the studio there. So the college donates the studio and the kiln time."

Loaves and Fishes is a charity restaurant in Brockville that provides a low cost dinner for those in need.

The official fundraising tally has not yet been released.

-With files from Trevor Smith-Millar