2008-12-04 / Letters to the Editor

Many to thank for filling bowls

We want to express our gratitude to the most gracious and generous community of Jamestown and those beyond who came together last Friday night to support the Empty Bowls fundraiser to provide for those in need and to support the arts in the school and the community.

Empty Bowls 2008 raised $5,100, which will be donated to the RI Community Food Bank and two local food pantries.

Thank you to all who were part of this event - starting with the folks who started it all and gave us guidance throughout: Julia Montminy, Trish Van Cleef and Liz Perez. Thank you also to the donors who funded the start-up costs - Jamestown Education Foundation, Ali Dunn Packer Foundation, the Jamestown Rotary Club, and the Jamestown PTO, Debbie Tungett and the teens at the Teen Center, who spent a Saturday afternoon silk-screening Tshirts; the military spouses, who provided gallons and gallons of delicious soup; smiling soup servers Winn, Brenda, Larry, and Andrew; our fab chef Eric who kept us all in line in the kitchen, North Kingstown High School students who manned the admission table, T-shirt table and made sure that all the beautiful bowls were washed, set-up and ready to go in no time; the jazz band whose impressive sounds kept folks at the school long after their soup bowls were empty to enjoy the music; the Girls Scout troops and leaders who showed up in full force with armloads of desserts and stayed after hours to clean-up; the Jamestown School Department - Kathy Almanzor, Carrie Melucci, Lew Kitts and his crew; Stephanie Pamula, Lawn Avenue Art Teacher and her wonderful students who made the lion's share of the bowls; Melrose Art Teacher Jan Kraus who generously allowed the use of her kiln to fire the bowls; the Melrose kitchen staff who allowed us the use of the kitchen equipment; the after-school Empty Bowls students who spent time each week making and glazing bowls; Freddie's House of Pizza and Superior Bakery for the rolls and Andrea and Doriana at the Village Hearth for loaves of fresh bread; the Bay Voyage for the tasty apple crisp; McQuade's Market for supplying water; Central Baptist Church for the coffee and tea pots; professional potters - Nancy Lyons, South County Art Association, Dewclaws Potters, Celia Gelfman and Kris Greco from The Prout School who brought bowls that night still warm from the kiln; talented artists who generously donated items for the silent auction - Lizzie Congdon, Jane Wright, and sister Laura for the alpaca hat bowls, and the many, many others who pitched in at random times before, during and after the event to help make the event successful.

We truly enjoyed joining with all of you in this community effort to lend a hand to those in need.

Sherry Italiano and Lisa Primiano Empty Bowls coordinators

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