Christina Smith, volunteer event organizer for the Community Table, has been involved with the organization since she graduated from WCU in 2005. Smith has asked the ceramics students to donate their talents and their time all three years the “Empty Bowl” event has been held.
“The students are very excited about the bowls they are donating and the time they have committed to volunteering during the event,” she said. In addition to the 80 bowls donated by students, 15 area potters also are donating to the cause, bringing the total number of bowls available for purchase to about 500.
The fundraising event will be held at the Community Table on 127 Bartlett St. in Sylva. For $20, patrons can purchase a unique, handcrafted bowl made by ceramics students from WCU or other local potters, a helping of chili or soup, bread, dessert and a drink. Nearly 20 local restaurants and food service providers are donating all the food and drinks. Tim Beck, the Fiddling Dill Sisters and Cathy Arps will provide live entertainment.
Western Carolina University faculty and students contributing handcrafted bowls to the event are pictured above right and include (front row, from left) Sarah Beth Coley, Jessica Capps, Ashlyn Bristle, (middle row, from left) Megan Brockington, professor Joan Bryd, Simone Bolka, (back row, from left) Daniel Nowak, professor George Rector and Amanda Carter.
The Community Table, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating hunger in the Sylva community, served its first meal on Aug. 12, 1999, and has grown to provide up to 80 meals four evenings a week. The meals are served in a family restaurant atmosphere based on the founding philosophy of providing a safe, caring environment in which people can gather for fellowship, support and nutritious meals.
For more information or tickets, contact the Community Table at (828) 586-6782.