Empty Bowls donates to Rural Ministries

The Chautauqua Area Potters extends their heartfelt thanks to the Chautauqua County public for their enthusiastic support of the 2012 Empty Bowls Project. More than 640 persons visited the fundraiser site in the beautiful Social Center of the Blessed Mary Angela Parish in Dunkirk last December. As a result of the public’s generous donations about 1,000 hand made pottery bowls found new homes. A grand total of $19,981 was raised and will go entirely to stock the shelves of the “Shop Thru” program run by the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. In this manner all 32 Chautauqua area food pantries and soup kitchens can secure product to distribute among those in need.

CAP appreciates the efforts of the numerous community volunteers who helped at the event itself. In particular, thanks are due to the Culinary Arts students at BOCES and their instructor, Chef David Caccamise for once again providing delicious soups. Tuscany Fresh Meats and Deli provided many of the ingredients for these soups. Petri Baking Products provided cookies, bread came from Better Baked Foods, and Tim Hortons supplied coffee. Tom Gestwicki and various SUNY Fredonia music ensembles provided live entertainment for the event.

CAP also acknowledges the event sponsorship provided by several area business and individuals. Their generosity underwrote all of the expenses encountered in connection with mounting this massive undertaking, yet very successful fundraising event. Lakeshore Savings and Loan provided major sponsorship. Also donating funds were Donald H. Michalak Atty., Fredonia Pro Hardware and Comprehensive Wealth Solutions. Individuals contributing included Phyllis Orr East and Marcy Burroughs.

CAP is grateful to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation for providing logistical support for the 2012 Empty Bowls Project.