For it’s 11th straight year, Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler counties held their annual ‘Empty Bowl Luncheon’ Thursday, at Elmira College’s Campus Center.
“It is a community and hunger awareness event,” Director of Development for Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Lindsay Winters said. “So, we bring to life the true need in our community.”
This event is actually the biggest fundraising event of the year for Catholic Charities with over 350 people in attendance.
“Over the last ten years, we have raised $157,000,” Winters said. “So, it definitely shows community support, they rally behind us. We have 360 people here today and they come out with a lot of tremendous effort. I had a guest tell me they got their postcards in the mail and they were so excited.”
Catholic Charities has made it their goal to take that large sum of money and funnel it back into the community.
“All of the proceeds from today go to the Samaritan Center and Second Place East,” Winters said. “So, that is emergency services. Anything from food pantries to our homeless shelter. We have prevention services to prevent people from being displaced from their homes, prescription assistance. All of that goes to the needs of our community.”
Local craftsmen and potters from the area, handcrafted commemorative bowls for each attendee to take home, with each bowl being different and unique. This truly is a special event that brings together members of the community and unites us under an important and delicious cause.