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Mark your calendars - The Thirteenth Annual Empty Bowl Event 2016 will be held Friday night, April 1st at the Garten Verein (at the corner of Avenue O and 27th Streets, in Galveston, Texas) 6pm to 9pm. Tickets will sell fast - don't miss it.

Tickets are on sale now for $45 each. (Purchase tickets at the door of the event $50.)

Your donation provides you a handmade bowl, to be filled with your choice of delicious soups, plus bread, dessert and beverages.

Table Sponsorship (limited to only 10 this year):

  • $1,500 Sponsors will receive 10 tickets and special recognition (company name or if individual donor your name on poster and name on menu).

Please call 409-682-6218 or 409-599-4847 for more information on Table Sponsorships and/or for purchasing tickets offline.

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 approximately 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.

Whether purchasing tickets, donating soup or volunteering, this is an event for the entire community. Please mark your calendar for April 1, 2016.

Print Flyer here.

Watch the video from 2011 year's event!

Watch the video from 2010 year's event!

Click here for pictures of previous years events!

Tickets purchased on-line may be picked up at the event (Will Call).