The community came together in support of the first annual “Empty Bowls” benefit held Friday night at the Herb Asp Community Center and about $1,300 was raised. The money will be donated to local efforts to help the hungry in and around the community.
The event was sponsored by Big Horn County School District No. 3 BOCES, and coordinated by GHS/GMS art instructor Teresa Boyer.
Boyer said, “It was a wonderful evening. The community really came together to support the event. We achieved our goal of selling all 100 bowls and had others coming in just for dinner so we collected around $1,300.”
Attendees were enthusiastic about the soup/bread dinner.
A Boy Scout Troop participated both by making some of the ceramic bowls, and providing assistance at the dinner. One of the Scouts, Gabe Wright, said, “It was really nice seeing people enjoying time with their families.”
Michael Jaycox, GHS/GMS music instructor, noted, “The food was great, the bowls were beautiful and it was great to see the community come out in support of the arts.”
Will there be an Empty Bowls II?
“We will definitely be doing it next year, with a few changes,” Boyer said. “This year we created bowl with sgraffito designs; next year the bowls will have a different appearance and I’m also thinking about adding an art auction and some musical entertainment.”
For Cheryl Hunt, “The process of being able to create a bowl to be put to use to help other people was really inspiring.”
Lynette Murray was “very impressed with the turnout considering how cold it was. The soup was good, and it was just a very worthwhile event.”