ACC potter Sandy Starbuck and teacher Dennis LaValley display the bowls made at a recent Throw-a-Thon in preparation for the Empty Bowls event March 6.

ACC to host their Empty Bowls event

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ACC potter Sandy Starbuck and teacher Dennis LaValley display the bowls made at a recent Throw-a-Thon in preparation for the Empty Bowls event March 6.

ACC potter Sandy Starbuck and teacher Dennis LaValley display the bowls made at a recent Throw-a-Thon in preparation for the Empty Bowls event March 6.

By KAROLYN GEPHART

Enjoy bowls of soup, take home the bowl and support Alvin Meals on Wheels.

It’s all part of Empty Bowls, a special program fundraiser that Alvin Community College Art Department is offering to benefit the Alvin Meals on Wheels. Empty bowls is a program that fosters collaboration between artists who create and donate bowls and local restaurants that donate food.

Empty Bowls is a grass-roots national initiative that have many events around the United States. In Houston, Empty Bowls is a successful program of the Houston Food Bank.

The ACC Art Department has participated in this event three times in the last five years.

“The ACC art Department decided to start a local version of Empty Bowls because it is in our mission to provide cultural and educational opportunities to our diverse communities, this time using our experience on teaching and crafting ceramics,” Carlos Alexis Ordonez, ACC art instructor said. “The Empty Bowls program will convene the community to a learning experience of making ceramic bowls at the same time to create the opportunity to support Meals on Wheels on its significant labor.”

In the ACC event, two Throw-a-thon events to craft bowls are needed for the Empty Bowls event.

One of the two were held Feb. 10 as an educational opportunity for members of the ACC community, staff and students. More than 250 bowls were made for the Empty Bowls event.

The second one is a VIP event where prominent members of the community will be invited to the ceramic studio to learn and create ceramic bowls that later will be auctioned at the Empty Bowls event.

This year, the mayors of Alvin and Manvel along other leaders such as the college president, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Police Departments, Fire Departments, College and Scholar District Directive Boards and more will be participating of this initiative. The VIP Throw-a-thon will be Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Empty Bowls event will take place March 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Nolan Ryan Center on campus at ACC.

Tickets are $25 and include two bowls of soup provided by local restaurants and one ceramic bowl made at one of the two throw-a-thon events.

Restaurants participating include Gordon Street Tavern, Corey’s Kitchen, Monterey Little Mexico, Honore Cajun Café, Olive Garden, The Caboose BBQ and Kelly’s Country Cooking.

“The ACC Art Dept., thanks to a grant provided by the ACC Foundation, is providing the logistics and resources for the planning of the program besides the Throw-a-thon events while Meals on Wheels is organizing the food donation and all logistics related with the fundraising event. All proceeds will benefit Alvin Meals on Wheels,” Ordonez said.

In April 2017, a $1,000 grant was awarded by the Alvin Community College Foundation to the Art Department to host the pottery throw-a-thons.

“The Foundation raises funds throughout the year to provide support for student scholarships and assist in faculty development. The Empty Bowls project was funded through our Innovative Initiative Grant program which supports new programs and initiatives,” Wendy Del Bello, Assistant to the President and Executive Director of Development, said. “We are excited to see the Art Department partner with Alvin Meals on Wheels for this event to benefit seniors in our community.”

To support the Empty Bowls event by purchasing tickets or to get more information, contact Meals on Wheels representative Andy Tacquard at 832-282-1499.

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