Filling a bowl with soup for dinner seems such a simple task, but far too many people have neither the bowl, nor the soup and spend the evening listening to their hunger and wondering when they will have their next meal.
I have watched students at Wayzata High School grasp this concept for 23 years and have been amazed by the level of talent these students achieve as they craft art bowls to raise money for hungry Twin Cities' residents. But I am also profoundly touched by the hundreds of patrons who arrive at our annual Wayzata High School Empty Bowls event to donate their time and money for this cause.
It is with gratitude and humility that I write this letter to thank those who came to our event this year and shared our company and table to help out those in need. But without our sponsors, and there were many this year, the event would not take place.
A very special thank you is deserved by the many local businesses that provided the meals, financial support and talent to make this year's event the most financially successful the school has hosted in the last 23 years.
This year's event raised more than $8,000 to benefit Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners and its fight against hunger in the Twin Cities. This year's success is due in no small part to the contributions made by the following sponsors: Allegra Print and Imaging; At Last Gourmet Foods/Dunn Brothers; Breadsmith; Burch Steak and Pizza Bar; Cocoa and Fig; CōV; General Mills; Gianni's Seafood & Steakhouse; Great Harvest; La Cocina de Ana; Kohl's of St. Louis Park; Maggie's Restaurant; Minnesota Clay; Minnetonka Center for the Arts Cafe; Noodles & Company; Olive Garden; Ruhland's Strudel Haus; Sushi Fix; Wayzata Bar and Grill; WHS Empty Bowl Committee members; WHS Empty Bowl Service Club; WHS pottery alumni; WHS pottery students; WHS YES staff and students; WHS Empty Bowls interns Adam Froehling and Arlo Hansen, WHS Graphic Art and Design students (Jasper).
Your contributions have made it possible for many residents to know when their next meal will be, promoted the arts among our children, brought together our community for a good cause and instilled in me another moment of awe and respect as I watched a simple lump of clay transform into a bowl, then a meal and finally into a community of nourishment and love.