PHOTOS: Last Week’s “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser Sets New Record

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The annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser took place last Friday, setting a new record for attendance in the new venue at the Burien Community Center.

This annual fundraiser combines beautiful handmade bowls from potters at the Moshier Art Center with delicious soups donated by local restaurants to raise funds to benefit both the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

By just about any measure, the event was an overwhelming success. Here are a few numbers:

  • $16,300 raised (vs $13,000 in 2010)
  • 1,014 attendees (vs 900 in 2010)
  • 1,300 bowls made (vs 1,100 in 2010)
  • 90 gallons of soup donated
  • 100 loaves of bread donated
  • 1,300 cookies donated

Traditionally this event has taken place at the Mosier Arts Center but with popularity it has outgrown that facility, prompting a move this year to the larger Burien Community Center.

“It was a thrill to see our new building able to successfully host such a vital community event. I think the new event venue works perfectly. For all of us in the Burien Parks and Recreation Department, we feel it to be a tremendous privilege to be part of such traditions,” said Burien Parks Director Michael Lafreniere.

Burien Park’s Gina Kallman worked with Moshier potters to originally bring this national event to Burien and handles the coordination to make it happen each year.

With six editions of “Empty Bowls” now complete, Gina says “I am still amazed at how the Burien community has embraced this event. The outpouring of support for the food banks from the potters, businesses and community has been inspiring. I love the stories that people tell me about how they use their bowl every morning for cereal. Those bowls really are cherished because you can only pick one!”

Gina Kallman, Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services; Debra George, Discover Burien; Mike Werle, Highline Food Bank; and Rick Jump, White Center Food Bank wanted us to be sure to thank everyone involved in this year’s “Empty Bowls” event:

  • Moshier potters for their generous donation of time and materials. The bowls were so beautiful and cherished by all!
  • Grand Central Bakery for donating 100 loaves of bread!
  • Puget Sound Skills Center culinary art students for donating 1,000 amazing cookies!
  • The Mark Restaurant for donating supplies, cookies, soup and more!
  • Fred Meyer for donating $500 of supplies
  • Burien Press for wonderful coffee
  • Our yummy soup donations from: La Costa, Angelo’s, 909, Tin Room, Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub, Sal’s Deli, Panera Bread, Archery Bistro, Side Street Kitchen, Piranha Joe’s, Emerald Cover Catering, Highline Medical Center, Eldorado West, Elliott Bay Brewery, Normandy Park Senior Living, Archie’s Mexican Restaurant, Arcadia Restaurant.
  • Burien Little Theatre for centerpieces
  • Clara McMichael and Jini O’Flynn for their beautiful harp music
  • And a huge shout out to our wonderful volunteers. They make the bowls, pack the bowls, move the bowls, wash the bowls, set up the space, serve the food, and clean up. They are the best!

Photographers Michael Brunk and Scott Schaefer were at the event and shot quite a few photos. We’ve included just a few below but you’ll find many more in the Flickr Group we set up to gather photos from “Empty Bowls.” If you were there and have photos, please considering joining the group and contributing your own photos to the pool.

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One Response to “PHOTOS: Last Week’s “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser Sets New Record”
  1. To Scott & Michael, thank you for the wonderful photos documenting this outstanding demonstration of community spirit. We’d like to share a video from the event with your readers … it’s at our YouTube channel at

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