Oakton Ceramics Club raises more than $26,000 for food pantries

(Dec. 19, 2016) Empty Bowls at Oakton Community College raised in excess of $26,000 for local food pantries by selling more than 1,300 ceramic pieces and completing 69 silent auctions for larger, fine-art pieces.

Over the past 13 years, Empty Bowls at Oakton has raised more than $225,000 to fight hunger. Throughout the year, members of the Oakton Ceramics Club create works of ceramic art—bowls, cups and vases—to donate to the Empty Bowls fundraiser in the first week of December. Patrons of the event purchased beautiful handmade pieces, enjoyed a hot bowl of soup and were entertained by the musical duo, Patchouli.

“We are pleased to have found a way to pursue our passion for ceramics while also being able to give something back to those in need,” said Sue Capillo, club president.

It is estimated that one in seven families in America rely on food pantries for a substantial percent of their diet, according to a recent USA Today poll.

Tax-deductible donations to Empty Bowls will continue to be accepted at www.oakton.edu/giving by selecting “Donate” and entering “Empty Bowls.”

Individuals of any age interested in taking a ceramics course or get involved by becoming a club member can visit www.oakton.edu, contact emptybowls@oakton.edu or call 847-635-1699.