2009-11-19 / Letters to the Editor

Empty Bowls fundraiser a big success

On Nov. 6, over 250 people came out to support the Empty Bowls fundraiser held at the Melrose School, resulting in over $4,200 being raised to support local food pantries and the R.I. Community Food Bank.

This event strives to help those in need, bring awareness to the growing problem of hunger, and connect art and community. Currently, the R.I. Food Bank feeds over 50,000 Rhode Islanders every month – a staggering 26% increase over last year. Every dollar donated to the R.I. Food Bank will support the distribution of three meals to the needy through its member agencies.

Thank you to so many who support this event through financial donations, as well as hands-on labor.

Our thanks goes out to: Julia Montminy, Trish Van Cleef and Liz Perez, founding coordinators of this event; the Jamestown Education Foundation for start-up funds; and the Jamestown Rotary Club, who provide financial assistance and great help in the kitchen.

Thanks also to Panera Bread and Newport Manager George Kanary, who donated 60 endless gallons of delicious soups and bread; Kelly Cowan, who makes the best mac and cheese (evidenced by the four empty casserole pans); our good friend, Eric, who remains calm in the kitchen despite all the buzz; and North Kingstown High School and Jamestown School students who assisted anywhere they were needed.

Also, thanks to The North Kingstown High School Jazz Band – in full and fabulous swing; the Girl and Boy Scout troop members who provided desserts; the tremendously supportive Jamestown School Department – Kathy Almanzor, Carrie Melucci, Lew Kitts and his crew; Stephanie Pamula, Lawn Avenue art teacher, Melrose art teacher Jan Kraus; Chris and the Melrose kitchen staff; the after-school Empty Bowls students; Freddie’s House of Pizza and Superior Bakery for the rolls, and Andrea and Doriana at the Village Hearth for loaves of fresh bread that flew out of the baskets; the Bay Voyage for the elegant dessert; professional potters Nancy Lyons, South County Art Association, Dewclaws Potters, Celia Gelfman and Kris Greco from The Prout School; our new friends at the Newport Pottery Collaborative, Newport Art Museum and the Pottery Wheel; Hodgkiss Farm for the pumpkin decorations, and the many talented artists and friends who generously donated items for the silent auction. Finally, great thanks and appreciation to Jay, whose help was essential, from transporting soup to gathering bread, setup, breakdown, and everything in-between.

We thank you all for your continued support of this event, particularly at a time when it is most needed.
Sherry Italiano
and Lisa Primiano
Jamestown

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