By Meghan McCaffrey Contributing Writer
---- — The Empty Bowls Luncheon has grown so large, it has moved to a new location for its 8th annual event.
The luncheon fundraiser will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Christ Church Parish Hall on 69 Fair St.
The event has previously been held at the Veteran’s Club but organizers of the event feel they need more space as the luncheon typically serves 300 to 400 people every year, said Teresa Drerup, co-chair of the event.
The proceeds from the event will go to the Cooperstown Food Pantry.
“It’s our biggest fundraiser,” Drerup said.
“The food pantry relies on food donations and monetary donations,” Drerup said.
“More than half the families that come are only here once a year,” she continued. “But, it’s definitely serving a need.”
For a donation of $15, attendees will receive a soup lunch served in a handcrafted bowl of their choice.
The bowls were donated by area potters who started making bowls in September Drerup said. The potters who made the bowls are: Eileen Anania, Karla Andela, Donna Bailey-Mackie, Leigh Connor, Kris Gildenblatt, Julie Hill, Jane Johngren, Shelly Knight, Kathy Lloyd, Alyssa McGoldrick, Joanne Osterhoudt, Jocelyn Rauscher, Marcie Schwartzman, Eileen Murphy and the Cooperstown Central School students and staff, especially Kristin Karasek and Amy Parr.
Murphy is a retired art teacher and CCS students decorated the bowls she made.
“People usually come early to get their first choice of bowl,” Drerup said.
The event has “raised over $37,000 for the Cooperstown Food Pantry over the past seven years,” Drerup wrote in a media release.
This is an event made possible by so many people, Drerup said. Gordon B. Roberts Agency, New York Central Mutual Insurance, and Bieritz Insurance who offered financial assistance sponsor ‘Empty Bowls’.
“It’s an event where the entire community comes together,” Drerup said. “Quite a few businesses and individuals make donations for this event.”
Area restaurants, caterers and community members will be donating the soup and bread for the event. The restaurants and caters donating soup are: Alex & Ika Restaurant, Cooley’s Stone House Tavern, Cooperstown Diner, Doubleday Cafe, Fly Creek General Store, Jackie’s Restaurant, Jive Cafe, LM Townsend Catering, Nicoletta’s Cafe, the Otesaga, Toscana’s and Tunnicliff Inn. Danny’s Market will donate bread for the event as well as several community volunteers.
There will also be a raffle featuring merchandise from area businesses. Some of the raffle prizes were donated by: Brewery Ommegang, Carefree Gardens/Origins Cafe, Cooperstown Distillery, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Cooperstown Wine & Spirits, Nail Club and Sal’s Pizzeria.
Empty Bowls is a national movement that was started in the 1990’s by potters who wanted to raise funds for their local food pantry.
“The bowls that you get to keep are meant to remind you of hunger every day that you use them,” Drerup said.
For more information please call Drerup at 435-8257.