Debra Davison, Mayor of Manvel, visits with Mike Merkel, Precinct 3 Brazoria County judge, at ACC’s Empty Bowls event. Davison was one of the celebrity potters.

Empty Bowls earns $6,400 for Meals on Wheels

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Debra Davison, Mayor of Manvel, visits with Mike Merkel, Precinct 3 Brazoria County judge, at ACC’s Empty Bowls event. Davison was one of the celebrity potters.

Debra Davison, Mayor of Manvel, visits with Mike Merkel, Precinct 3 Brazoria County judge, at ACC’s Empty Bowls event. Davison was one of the celebrity potters.

By KAROLYN GEPHART

The Alvin Community College (ACC) Art Department will present approximately $6,400 to Meals on Wheels after a successful Empty Bowls Fundraising event held recently on campus.

A large and happy crowd turned out for the event and everyone took their time picking out the perfect bowl out of more than 300 bowls made by celebrity and student potters in the Ceramics Lab.

“In the past we have done empty bowls for Houston Food Bank but Alex our instructor got together with Andy Tacquard with Alvin Meals on Wheels and they decided to partner up and keep the community support in Alvin,” Art Department Chair Dennis LaValley said.

Catered restaurant soups from the Alvin/Manvel area was served by volunteers. Soup varieties ranged from Cajun gumbo to chicken and dumplings, and from tomato basil to tortilla soup.

Sponsors providing soup included Little Mexico, Honore’s Cajun Cafe, Gordon Street Tavern, Caboose BBQ, Corey’s Kitchen, Kelley’s and Olive Garden.

Ticket buyers were encouragde to try two bowls of soup and many took theirs to-go.

“This is our first time to partner with ACC for a benefit and we are very pleased with this outstanding community support,” Tacquard, board president of Alvin Meals on Wheels said.

The event was part of a grant the art department received to make the bowls and the fundraiser was selling the empty bowls and placing soup in them. The bowls were purchased along with the soup to benefit Meals on Wheels.

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