Attendees at Empty Bowls line up to purchase a bowl and soup

Central Arizona College Charity Event has Record Attendance

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Earlier this month, Central Arizona College hosted their annual Empty Bowls event at the Signal Peak Campus.

Over the past year students enrolled in CAC ceramics classes made over 500 wheel-thrown and hand built ceramic bowls for the charity event.

Evan Pomerantz, Professor of Art & Design stated, “We have been firing dozens of kilns and glazing hundreds of beautiful ceramic bowls for the public. CAC’s Culinary Arts students made soup and desserts to serve those purchasing bowls and the Florence Unified School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter volunteered to help cook, serve, and clean up after the event as part of the college’s Hospitality Concurrent Enrollment Program.” He added, “We were very excited to have a record attendance, allowing us to support local food banks to serve the hungry within our community. Students were enthusiastic to see the public appreciate their work. It is inspiring us all to make more beautiful bowls and begin planning now for next year’s event.”

More than 300 bowls were sold, and the programs served around 250 attendees. Gross sales along with additional donations totaled $5,140. After covering the costs of the food, the two programs will donate  about $4500 to the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Casa Grande Food Bank.