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The Eighth Annual Empty Bowl Event 2011 was held at 6PM on Friday evening, April 15th at the Garten Verein, at the corner of Avenue O and 27th Streets, in Galveston, Texas. It was sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Galveston County.

Ticket holders chose their handcrafted bowls and enjoyed filling them with choices of delicious soups as well as yummy breads, desserts and beverages while listening to wonderful music performed by Valencia Arceneaux.

The soup donors were:

Click here for the menu!

Many thanks for the UU bowlers who created such wonderful handcrafted bowls. Click here for the list.

Many thanks to the local artists who donated to the silent auction. Click here for the list of artists.

Click here for pictures of the event!

Here is a short movie of the event for your enjoyment.

The Jesse Tree wishes to thank everyone who participated - the bowlers, the donors for silent auction, the soup donors, the volunteers, the ticket holders and everyone else who participated and hopes to see everyone back next year!

Proceeds from The Empty Bowl Event support the nutrition programs of The Jesse Tree. These include:

  • The food pantry
  • Senior Food Box Program
  • Friday Food Fairs
  • Diabetes Classes

The event began when a Seventh Grade art teacher invited his students to learn about local hunger, by hand crafting ceramic bowls, offering them for sale and donating the proceeds to feed hungry people in their own community. The idea has spread across the nation. In Galveston, Madeleine Baker and several members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship took up the cause in 2003, hosting the first event in their beautiful chapel in Galveston, Texas.

The Unitarian "Bowlers" produce four hundred bowls annually. These works of art are offered to those who attend the event, while local restaurants fill them with delectable selections of hot and cold soups. Patrons go home after a delightful evening with their ceramic art to cherish.