Empty Bowls event to benefit Crisis Nursery

URBANA — Local potters are once again asking the community to help support children in crisis by coming to a soup and bread supper.

The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held from 4-6 p.m. March 6 at Silvercreek restaurant, 402 N. Race St., U, with all proceeds benefiting the Crisis Nursery.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under, with tickets available at the door, says Susan Garner, one of the planners of this event.

Everyone attending will get a hand-made pottery bowl to take home. Bowls were made by students and faculty at Parkland College and the Champaign-Urbana Potters' Club, she said.

A dinner of soup (served in other bowls) and bread will be provided courtesy of Silvercreek.

"We usually do a vegetarian and a traditional soup," restaurant owner Allen Strong said.

This is the fourth bienneal Empty Bowls fundraiser, and Silvercreek has hosted it since the start, he said.

There's usually a great turn-out, he said.

"It's another great way to intersect art, food and the community," he added.

Garner, of Urbana, said Empty Bowls is planned by a group of women who used to be in the Potter's Club.

There will also be a raffle for two larger bowls made by a Parkland student and Potter's Club member and signed by bluegrass and country star Alison Krauss and film critic Roger Ebert.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased at the event and in advance March 2 at Common Ground Food Co-op, Garner said. Event organizers won't be able to accept credit cards at the fundraiser — just checks and cash, she said.

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger managed by The Imagine/Render Group, a not-for-profit organization, and money raised through Empty Bowl community events go to relieve hunger, Garner said.

Crisis Nursery Executive Director Stephanie Record said proceeds will be used to buy food, formula and baby food for some families in need that are served by the Crisis Nursery. Some proceeds may also help buy food baskets to help those families at the holiday time, she said.

The Crisis Nursery in Urbana provides 24-hour emergency care for children when their families are in crisis.

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