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The Annual Empty Bowl Event 2017

Save the date!!! Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6 PM to 9 PM The Annual Empty Bowl Event - Sponsored by The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Galveston County to benefit the nutrition programs of The Jesse Tree - Please sponsor a table - $1,500 for ten tickets at a reserved table or individual tickets available in advance for $50 each or $60 at the door - don't miss this wonderful event held at The Historic Garten Verein, Galveston, Texas.

Tickets are on sale now for $50 each.(Purchase tickets at the door of the event $60.)

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 409-762-2233, 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:

  • Senior Food Box Program
  • Food Fairs
  • Chronic Conditions-Self Management

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 March 31, 2017.

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).