Empty Bowls Mercer County – Dinner & Auction

March 30th, Doors Open at 5:30pm (Dinner at 6:30)

$25 a ticket*  |  Only 200 tickets to be sold

Call 419-586-4663 for ticket information

Empty Bowls Mercer County is Our Home Family Resource Center’s signature fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will support & expand Our Home’s programs and projects here in Mercer County.

The goal for this year’s event is $20,000.00 … We cannot reach that goal without support from friends like you!

Guests at Our Home’s Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction will go home with full bellies, warm hearts, and a pick-your-own, one-of-a-kind souvenir bowl from the 220 bowls painted at Our Home’s “Create A Bowl” event in January!

A $25 ticket includes personal selection of a souvenir bowl and a buffet of savory soups donated by local restaurants, 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 by their partner, child, friend, grandchild or colleague at “Create A Bowl” event in January. Just give us the painter’s name, we will check our “master list” to see which bowl numbers were assigned to them, write the bowl number on your dinner ticket, and will pre-pick and set aside that bowl for your arrival at the dinner on March 30th.

The activities at Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction will include silent auction tables, raffles, and door prizes with all proceeds of the evening directed to Our Home’s programs and projects. We plan music during registration, dining, and bidding and will have an emcee on hand to recognize event sponsors, facilitate raffles and auction tables, and move the evening along.

Learn more about how your business or organization can get involved by contacting Our Home Family Resource Center.


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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

Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction, Mar 30

Questions? Call 419-586-4663



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