Randy Brundige, mayor of the city of Martin, visited the UT Martin ceramics studio Oct. 30 to present a proclamation naming Nov. 17, 2018, as “Martin Empty Bowls Day.” Pictured (l-r) are David McBeth, UT Martin professor of art; Brundige; and Doug Cook, professor and chair, UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts.

15th-annual Empty Bowls to benefit hunger relief

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will hold the 15th-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 17, in the Student Life Center.

Empty Bowls, an international project to fight hunger, started locally in 2003 to support relief efforts by We Care Ministries Inc. David McBeth, event director and UT Martin associate professor of art, and student and alumni volunteers will hand-craft 1,500 ceramic bowls to celebrate the event’s 15th year. Attendees will receive a standard-sized bowl to take home after donating $15 to the cause. Larger bowls will also be available for suggested donation amounts. Guests can then enjoy an all-you-can-eat soup lunch provided by community members and organizations.

This year’s event will also include a silent auction of specialty bowls featuring unique designs and colors. The auction will continue for the duration of the event, and directors will contact auction winners in the weeks following.

Attendees can make donations by cash, check or charge. All donations go to We Care Ministries Inc.

The Student Life Center is located at 199 Moody Ave. in Martin. For more information, contact McBeth at 731-881-7416.


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