Empty Bowls fundraiser dinner set for Jan. 29

Proceeds will benefit OASIS Central Minnesota

In December, community members gathered at the Great River Arts Center to paint handmade bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser to be held Jan. 29. Pictured are students Chelsea Burnett; Bethany Schilling; Breeanna Schilling, Little Falls Art Club member; Mariah Schilling and Emily Ploof, Little Falls Art Club member.

When the OASIS Central Minnesota Board asked Karen Warner, adviser of the Little Falls Community High School (LFCHS) Art Club to collaborate with them for an Empty Bowls fundraising event, she responded with a resounding “Yes.”

The LFCHS Art Club had participated two years ago with another organization and the students were excited to do it again. The Art Club spent an entire Saturday in November and participated in a Throw-a-thon making 200 bowls for the event. Youth As Resources (YAR), which is an organization of high school students as well, donated the money to the Art Club for the clay and glaze.

In December, the entire community was invited to glaze the bowls which took place at the Great River Arts Center. The Great River Arts Association donated not only the space but glaze for the bowls as well.

OASIS Central Minnesota (formerly OASIS/Share a Meal) has been around since 1989, providing free weekly meals every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. held at First Lutheran Church and also organizing the Paint-A-Thon in Morrison County which takes place the first Saturday of August. OASIS brings together people from all over Morrison County to volunteer with both of these programs. Thousands of meals have been served and more than 200 homes have been painted during the last 20 plus years since OASIS was formed.

The Empty Bowls Dinner will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at First United Church in Little Falls, located at 1000 First St. S.E. Several soups donated from local restaurants will be available along with bread, dessert and a beverage included with the meal. Everyone will be able to choose their own bowl which they can then take home after the meal.

Several local artists have donated their art to be a part of a silent auction which will be available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. as well.

During the meal musical entertainment will be provided. The price of the meal along with a handmade ceramic bowl is $10. For children ages 6-10 the price is $5 and children 5 and under eat for free. All proceeds will benefit the programs of OASIS Central Minnesota.

Collaborating with the OASIS Board making the bowls and the meal, were Warner and the LFCHS Art Club, Mary Kenna and Youth As Resources and Cynthia French and GRAA. Many local businesses also donated food items for the meal.

Artists donating items to the silent auction during the fundraiser are Dennis Myers, Matt Krousey, Susan Beyer, Ester San Felippo, Stacy Ziegler and Steve Olson.

For more information about the Empty Bowls, call Tim Poland, executive director of OASIS Central Minnesota at (320) 632-9140.