Pottery, Journalism Students Partner for Worthy Cause

March 31, 2009
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Students from the Keramos Student Pottery Guild have pledged to donate 1000 bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls event at Marshall University.

Marshall University students are helping the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) in its efforts to raise awareness of the hunger problem in the Tri-State Area. The Marshall University Keramos Student Pottery Guild and public relations students from the MU W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications are involved in the planning and execution of the event.

Empty Bowls is a national campaign that raises awareness of the hunger issue. Empty Bowls has been successful in the Tri-State Area, with last year’s event raising more than $9000 for the HAFB. “This event helps the Food Bank tremendously year after year,” said Brooke Ash, director of public relations for the HAFB. “It’s great to see the students come together for this cause.”

The event will feature live entertainment and a silent auction featuring items donated by local celebrities. A person donating $12 receives a lunch of soup, bread and Pepsi, as well as a bowl handcrafted by members of the MU Keramos Student Pottery Guild.

Each year, Empty Bowls continues to expand. Students from the Keramos Student Pottery Guild have pledged to donate 1000 bowls for this year’s event. In addition, approximately 60 gal of soup has been donated by local restaurants.

Empty Bowls will be held April 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington, W.Va. For more information, contact Meagan Sellards at (304) 412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu.

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