Empty Bowls Mercer County is Our Home Family Resource Center’s signature fundraising event. Empty Bowls Mercer County kicks off on January 19th with the “Create A Bowl” event at Brew Nation | Potters House on Main and culminates with Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction on March 30th at American Legion Post 210. Proceeds from ticket sales, auction items, donations, and sponsors are directed to support and expand Our Home’s programs and projects here in Mercer County.


How Can You Support Empty Bowls?

Our annual Empty Bowls Mercer County Dinner & Auction will take place on March 30, 2019 at American Legion Post #210 in Celina. The purpose for this event is to raise funds to support Our Home Family Resource Center. The goal for this year’s event is $20,000.

We cannot meet this goal without the help of Mercer County friends like you!

Would you consider becoming a sponsor, donor, or patron for Empty Bowls Mercer County? All of our food, soft drinks, entertainment, and venue costs for this event have been donated so your sponsorship dollars will go directly toward support of Our Home’s programs and projects.

Why Empty Bowls? We chose this event as our signature fundraiser because empty bowls are a great visual representation of the unmet needs faced by individuals and families in our community. In each bowl, we can see a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, a person between addresses, someone struggling with illness, or someone who feels hopeless and alone.

By giving to Empty Bowls Mercer County, you’ll be funding the well-established and broadly supported programs and projects of Our Home, and the services that provide help and hope to Mercer County residents.

Below is a list of Sponsorship Opportunities available for Empty Bowls Mercer County, and the recognition and benefits that go along with each level of support. In addition to those options, you can also support Empty Bowls Mercer County through the purchase of tickets to the Dinner & Auction.


You Don’t Want to Miss Empty Bowls Mercer County!

Dinner & Auction Tickets $25 (for an additional $10 folks can reserve a specific bowl ahead of time) – Guests will dine on a delicious, simple meal of savory soups and salad donated by American Legion Post #210 and local restaurants. And, as part of the ticket price, guests get to choose a hand-painted bowl – one of 220 unique creations donated by members of Mercer County community. Everyone will get to take their bowl home as a reminder of the empty bowls that exist across our county. The event will be anchored by a four-flight silent auction, with door-prize drawings and raffles throughout the evening.

Soup Kettle Level Sponsors ($1500)  – limited to 4 receives name/logo on ads and flyers, table tents, and dinner program; logo and mentions on social media and website; banner with event logo & your logo (stage or auction area); 5 minute organization ‘feature’ during event; invitation to share corporate ‘swag’; live mentions during event; and, 4 tickets to event.

Ladle Level Sponsors ($1000) – limited to 6 receives name/logo on dinner program; logo and mentions on social media and website; banner with event logo & your logo (stage or auction area); live mentions during event; and, 4 tickets to event.

Bowl Level Sponsors ($500) – receives name/logo on dinner program; mentions on social media; signs with your name/logo (in handcrafted bowl area); and 2 tickets to event.

Spoon Level Sponsors ($250) – receives name/logo on dinner program; mentions on social media; and, 2 tickets to event.

Donor Level Sponsors (business or organization donation $50 and over) – receives name on dinner program

Patron Level Sponsors (individual donation $50 and over) – receives name on dinner program

Table Sponsors ($300) – receives name on dinner program; and, reserved seating at event (8 tickets).

Auction Item Donations (may be sold separately or combined w/others) – receives name on dinner program; and, mentions on social media

Questions? Contact Deb 419-586-4663 /


Why Empty Bowls?

We chose this event as our annual fundraiser because empty bowls represent the myriad of needs faced by families in our community – in each bowl, one can see a victim of domestic violence/sexual assault, or a person between addresses, or someone struggling with illness, or a child separated from a parent, or someone who feels helpless, hopeless, and hungry.

Our Home Family Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and our work is carried out through four distinct programs: Direct Services & Referral, Family Crisis Network, Raft Supervised Visitation Center, and Family & Children First Council. Each program seeks to assist people in need, motivate them to develop and achieve their goals, and inspire their confidence and self-sufficiency.

Our Home also coordinates several special county-wide projects, including school supply drives, coat drives, and the Mercer County Angel Tree program. To provide these services, resources are required; support of Empty Bowls Mercer County provides valuable funding to continue and expand these programs.

It costs…

$1000 to shelter & provide support for an abused mom and her children for 1  month

$500 for a month of supervised visits so children in foster care can stay in touch with their mom or dad

$300 for a weekend of respite for the mother of a special needs child

$150 for supervision to introduce a non-custodial parent to his child

$100 to advocate for a victim of domestic violence, and accompany to court

$75 to help a senior citizen repair his wheelchair

$50 to operate crisis line for domestic violence/sexual assault victims for a week

$25 to support and counsel a person in a financial emergency and give her referrals

$10 for a 3-day supply of nourishing food for a family of four

$5 for a 4-day supply of diapers and wipes for a baby whose parent is unemployed


Looking Forward To Seeing You

Create A Bowl, Jan 19      |      Dinner & Auction, Mar 30

Questions? Call 419-586-4663

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Mon – Thurs 8:30 to 4:30



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