The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

November 20, 2012

Empty Bowls organizers surpass $10,000 goal

Who says there’s no truth in advertising?

During Joplin’s first Empty Bowls fundraiser — held Thursday at Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main St. — organizers ran out of soup midway through the evening, and some visitors found themselves faced with just that.

“We ran out at 7 p.m., so people coming after that got the true empty bowl experience,” said Heather Grills, owner of the studio and gallery. “They came and got a bowl and a piece of bread, but no one said, ‘I’m not coming, then.’”

The event was designed to raise money for local residents in need. Those attending paid $15 for a hand-crafted ceramic bowl, which was filled with soup donated by a variety of restaurants. Funds raised were earmarked for the Salvation Army, Watered Gardens and Crosslines. The goal was to raise $10,000.

“We don’t have our final number, because we have some out-of-state checks coming in, but we’re thinking we raised over $12,000,” Grills said.

She estimated that at least 500 people attended the fundraiser.

Empty Bowls is a program that has spread internationally after it was launched in 1990 by a high-school teacher in Michigan. Grills said that she knew it was something she wanted to bring to Joplin when she opened her studio and gallery in February.

“When I wrote out a business plan, part of my vision was to serve the community as well as be a creative hub,” she said. “Part of Empty Bowls is educating people on how nice hand-made ceramics are.”

The bowls were created and donated to the project by local artists. She said that they are microwavable and dishwasher safe.

When the final tally is reached, the funds raised will be distributed equally among the three charities.

“We have had such a positive response from the community,” said Grills. “We’re looking forward to it next year. We’ve already had a couple of potters say they want to make more bowls for it.”

Grills said that plans have already been made to hold the event on the third Thursday  of November of 2013.

The studio will continue to hold events on the third Thursday of every month, even during the off-season for the downtown Joplin festivities.

“People are used to going out for Third Thursday,” said Grills. “We have an indoor venue, so we’ll continue it.”

She said that the studio will host an open house on Thursday, Dec. 20.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • State audit of Joplin School District begins

    Staff members from the state auditor’s office have begun their audit of the Joplin School District, Superintendent C.J. Huff said Monday. They are expected to be in the district four days per week for the next five to six months, or perhaps longer, until the audit is complete, Huff said.

    July 21, 2014

  • Burglary conviction draws shock prison time

    A Joplin man who received 120 days of shock incarceration time Friday in a drunken-driving case in Jasper County Circuit Court was assessed a concurrent sentence Monday in a burglary case.

    July 21, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Family gatherings mirror circle of life

    The annual family gathering is getting bigger. There tends to be an ebb and a flow to most family gatherings. When you’re a kid, and especially if you’re a kid from a large Catholic family, the gatherings seem to be huge.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • 071714 Jasper Cty Dispatch1_72.jpg Area communities, Jasper County work to improve communications

    The first law enforcement officer to respond to a fatal shooting last November at Northpark Mall was from the Duquesne Police Department — not Joplin. Joplin police Chief Jason Burns said he wasn’t bothered by that. “We dispatch for them, and they had an officer close who could get there faster,” he said. “And getting help to people as quickly as possible is more important than jurisdictions.”

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • New and old TIF districts on agenda for Joplin council

    Another tax increment financing district is being proposed for Joplin, this one along South Main Street. The area is close to the new Mercy Hospital Joplin that is set to open next year. RKS Development is seeking authorization from the Joplin City Council when it meets Monday night to prepare a request to establish a TIF district.

    July 20, 2014

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Family grows by one — a black Lab named Raven

    If you haven’t experienced the feeling of a tiny puppy in your lap at the end of a perfect July Saturday — hammock time, s’mores, leisurely walks, you know the kind — I highly recommend it. It is pure joy.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042017 Jo Ellis_c.jpg Jo Ellis: Car show, sidewalk sale and more scheduled for weekend in Carthage

    All roads leading to Carthage should be packed this weekend as numerous events geared toward entertainment, cultural pursuits and bargain hunting are expected to pull in large crowds.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SusanRedden.jpg Susan Redden: Hobby Lobby lawyer to speak at watermelon feed

    Josh Hawley, who helped represent Hobby Lobby in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on contraception requirements in the Affordable Care Act, has been added to the list of speakers for Thursday’s annual watermelon feed sponsored by Newton County Republicans.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Do you think Missouri should pass legislation that would allow a prescription drug database to be kept?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter