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Empty Bowls coming Thursday, November 14

Oct 24, 2019 01:09PM ● By Editor

Photo:  Grand Marais Art Colony

Media Release from the Grand Marais Art Colony - October 24, 2019

Each year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser event works to raise awareness of the reality of hunger in Cook County. With 12% of Cook County residents struggling with food insecurity, Empty Bowls raised critical funds for the Cook County Food Shelf and other community organizations addressing Cook County’s hunger needs year-round. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, November 14 at St. John’s Catholic Church in at Broadway and 5th Street in Grand Marais. 

Empty Bowls 2019 features a simple soup dinner with soup and bread provided by local restaurants and a sale of beautiful handcrafted bowls made at the Grand Marais Art Colony.  Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with dinner from 5 – 7 p.m. After your soup meal, satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious homemade treat from the bake sale and be sure to pick up an adorable microwave bowl cozy made by the local Fiber Guild.  The Art Colony makes 250 clay bowls for the fundraiser.

Thursday, November 14
St. John’s Catholic Church, Lower Level
Broadway and 5th St., Grand Marais 
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Soup Meal: $6.00 (Kids under 12 eat free)  

Handcrafted Grand Marais Art Colony Bowls: $10.00 +

Empty Bowls invites local individuals and businesses to sponsor the event. Sponsorship levels are set at Event Sponsor $1000+, Business Sponsor $500 - $999, Table Sponsor $250 - $499. To sponsor the event, please send a check made payable to KIDS Plus (the fiscal agent of Empty Bowls), P.O. Box 63, Grand Marais, MN 55604 or give online at: no later than October 31. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

Proceeds from Empty Bowls battle hunger in Cook County by funding community hunger programs. Funds from last year’s Empty Bowls event were distributed to the Cook County Food Shelf, Birch Grove Community Center’s WE Connect, Cook County Youth Agency Coalition, Cook County Public Health and Human Services, local schools, Snacks and Packs, and the Violence Prevention Center to help nourish those in need. 

Restaurants interested in donating soup and/or bread to the event should contact Edward Vanegas at 702-415-1914 or d[email protected]

Empty Bowls in Cook County started in 2006 and is currently coordinated by community volunteers in collaboration with the Grand Marais Art Colony, KIDS Plus, and the generous donations of local businesses. Approximately 75 volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with setting up, serving, and various other tasks. If interested in volunteering, please contact Pat Campanaro at 651-336-2964 or [email protected].

Those unable to attend the event can contribute to Empty Bowls’ efforts online at Alternatively, checks payable to “Empty Bowls” may be sent to KIDS Plus, P.O. Box 63 Grand Marais, MN 55604.


Empty Bowls 2019 
218-370-9581(Ada Igoe, Empty Bowls marketing) 
[email protected]
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