The 2014 Empty Bowls Project event at Jefferson High School was a big success on Tuesday, March 25. Serving more than 400 meals, the event raised $6,486 at the end of the night, just shy of their ultimate goal of $7,000.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the school was still receiving phone calls from people wanting to donate toward the cause. Since March is Minnesota’s food drive month, the group who hosted the event will be accepting donations until they deliver a final check to the Food Shelf on March 31. Donations made to the Food Shelf in March will be partially matched as a part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.
More than 300 students were involved in the event. Kelly Hilbrands’ three senior social II classes were the main coordinators. The high school pottery class along with the 7th, 8th and 9th grade confirmation classes at First Lutheran Church made bowls that were sold at the event, and 4th graders in the district decorated mugs that were also sold at that night.
The event had live entertainment that included the high school Jazz Ensemble, the Johari Tribe belly dancers, and acoustic performers Matt and Julie Velline.
There were 75 different contributors to the silent auction that was held at the event. All items except for three were sold. More than 100 businesses, churches and organizations helped in various ways to make the event a success.