Milwaukee Empty Bowls
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15th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls Event Celebrates Artists and Chefs While Raising Funds for the Hungry

Milwaukee Empty Bowls will host its 15th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls event on Sunday, October 6, 2013, Noon – 4 p.m. at the Kern Center on the Milwaukee School of Engineering Campus.

By - Sep 19th, 2013 10:14 am

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15th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls Event
Sunday, October 6, 2013, Noon – 4 p.m.
Kern Center – MSOE | 1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Empty Bowls will host its 15th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls event on Sunday, October 6, 2013, Noon – 4 p.m. at the Kern Center on the Milwaukee School of Engineering Campus. Milwaukee Empty Bowls is a one-of-a kind fundraiser that brings the community together to enjoy the work of area artists, restaurants and entertainers to benefit Milwaukee area food programs.

“Our annual event educates the public about hunger in our community and raises funds to support the organizations that work to alleviate that hunger,” said Jean Wells, founder and president of Milwaukee Empty Bowls. “This event is a unique partnership between local artists, restaurants, entertainers and the people who come to enjoy it.”

The organization is looking forward to building on last year’s event where nearly 2,000 people were served and a record-setting $51,008 raised in support of local food programs.

Since 1999, Milwaukee Empty Bowls has donated $474,000 to food programs in the Milwaukee metro area. More than 95% of the funds raised during this perennially popular event – held around World Food Day – go directly to aid the hungry in our community. 

Guests at the October event have their choice from a collection of more than 2,000 ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artists, teachers and students. Soups prepared by local chefs are served with bread and other refreshments. Some of the area’s top musicians entertain guests throughout the day.

No registration is required and a minimum donation of $20 per bowl ($10 for bowls made by children) is requested. Guests take their bowls home to serve as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in our community. During the event’s 14-year history, more than 26,000 bowls have been purchased.

In celebration of the event’s milestone anniversary, a 15th Anniversary Bowl Raffle will be held during this year’s event, featuring special works donated by local artists. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at select community events in which Milwaukee Empty Bowls is participating, as well as during the October 6 fundraiser. Tickets will be drawn at 3:45 pm on October 6. Winners do not need to be present. Tickets cost $2 each, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10. Find out where we’ll be selling tickets prior to October 6 and get additional information about the raffle on our website at

With the involvement and support of MSOE, local businesses and more than 300 volunteers, proceeds from this year’s event will go to: Agape Community Center; Fondy Food Center; Hope House; Interchange; Jewish Community Food Pantry; La Causa; Milwaukee Christian Center; Repairers of the Breach; St. Catherine’s Food Pantry; The GatheringFor details on the 2013 recipient organizations, please visit the recipients page on our website.

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