This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Empty Bowls. From its humble beginnings at Lopez Elementary School, the dedication of loyal volunteers and a strong commitment from artists, students, teachers and local businesses have helped it to evolve into a stand-out community event. Guests enjoy an array of soup from area restaurants, a one of a kind art auction and a unique artisan keepsake bowl. As a major fundraiser for the Food Bank, Empty Bowls raises awareness by reminding us that thousands of our neighbors face empty bowls on their tables throughout the year. For the price of one ticket to Empty Bowls, guests will help the Food Bank provide over $250 worth of food to serve hope to families in need in our community.
We hope you will join us for this special milestone. For our 20th anniversary we will be celebrating with a VIP Artist Reception with early entry at 4:30pm, live auction clay throwing and a special program from Amy Pezzani.
20 years ago, the Food Bank for Larimer County’s Empty Bowls fundraiser began in art class at Lopez Elementary School when the school’s art teacher inspired his students to create empty bowls to represent those who didn’t have enough to eat. Since then, area artists have worked together to support the event and the fight against hunger in the community. Empty Bowls has grown from offering five signature soups in 1998 to over twenty soups in 2016 and has raised $775,000 for the Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs.