Empty Bowls Mercer County is the signature fundraiser for Our Home Family Resource Center, designed to raise support for and awareness of the programs, projects, and services that Our Home provides to folks here in Mercer County. Empty Bowls Mercer County is actually two complementary events— a “Create A Bowl” painting event and a “Dinner & Auction”.

This year, the kick-off will be a marathon “Create A Bowl” painting party on Saturday, January 19, at Brew Nation/Potters House on Main in Celina. Here community members will come together to create hand-painted bowls for the “Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction” that will be held on March 30, 2019.

“Create A Bowl” is a fun event for individuals and groups, folks often make a day of it, enjoying Brew Nation refreshments before, during, or after painting.

It’s easy to support Our Home’s “Create A Bowl” event. Folks can come alone or gather a group of friends. Each participant donates or collects money for the fundraiser ($20 minimum) and each will paint two bowls. Individuals with $50.00 or more in donations will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes. All proceeds from the event will be used to support Our Home’s work in the community.

The first step for “Create A Bowl” participants is to reserve a 2-hour painting session. Painting begins at 8:00am and ends at 6:00pm. Up to 30 painters can be scheduled per session. Call 419-586-4663 to register. Available time slots are 8am-10am, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, and 4pm-6pm.

Artistic ability is not required to participate, all folks need is the desire to make a difference. And, make a difference, you will. By pitching in at “Create A Bowl”, you will be raising valuable funds for Our Home while adding a personal touch to unique, hand-painted bowls for our guests at the “Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction” in March!

Why did we choose Empty Bowls as our annual fundraising event? Because an empty bowl represents unmet needs, and there are people throughout our county who have empty bowls—a hungry child or senior, a person between addresses, someone struggling with illness, or someone who feels helpless and hopeless. What could be more fitting than this pair of events generating funds to meet needs of folks here in Mercer County, to fill those empty bowls, and to further Our Home’s mission to “assist people in their time of need, motivate them to develop and achieve their goals, and inspire their confidence and self-sufficiency”?

Space is limited to 30 painters per time slot, so register soon to secure your preferred time!


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