Empty Bowls Mercer County is off to a great start … and excitement is growing!

Proceeds from Our Home Family Resource Center’s “Create A Bowl” event exceeded goals set by the Empty Bowls Mercer County committee – nearly doubling their expectations. “We are ecstatic”, exclaimed Deb Simon-Heinfeld, Our Home’s Marketing/Development Coordinator, “we are humbled by the fundraising efforts of the individual painters at “Create A Bowl”. These folks collected funds from their friends, family members, neighbors, and employers. This was definitely a community effort!”

The minimum contribution for “Create A Bowl” was set at $20 which was the fee associated with the cost for bowls, paints, firing, and reserving space at Brew Nation/Potters House on Main but many painters were able to raise more than the minimum. Individuals who raised at least $50 in donations were entered into a participation raffle for a chance to win a Celina Mercer County Chamber gift certificate or an Empty Bowl Mercer County event t-shirt created by Main Direction screen printing (Celina).

Participation raffle winners were: Carol Hone, Sarah Young, Gina Bruns, Ann Boyer, Diane Sheffield, Vita Mescher, Tina Welker, Carol Bock, Dave Heinfeld, and Beth Guggenbiller. To generate additional income, a 50/50 Raffle was also held at “Create A Bowl” event. The winning ticket #898954 was purchased by Heidi Duhamel.

Each of the bowls painted at “Create A Bowl” will be gifts for the guests at Our Home’s Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction on Saturday, April 14, at American Legion Post #210 in Celina. Tickets for the Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction are now available. A $25 ticket includes personal selection of a souvenir bowl and a buffet of savory soups, salad, and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar available for those who prefer adult beverages.

For an additional $10 dinner guests can reserve a specific souvenir bowl for Our Home’s Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction – this means that instead of picking-your-own-when-you-arrive from whichever bowls remain available; folks can request the bowl that was painted at “Create A Bowl” by their partner, child, friend, grandchild or colleague. To purchase tickets for Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction, stop by Our Home Family Resource Center or call 419-586-4663.

Sponsorship opportunities for Empty Bowls Mercer County are available. Learn more about how your business or organization can get involved by contacting Deb at Our Home Family Resource Center 419-586-4663, x-1003 or ourhome@ourhomefrc.com

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