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Empty Bowls Raises $10,000 for Area Food Banks

Empty Bowls 2014 Check Presentation

Volunteers from the Empty Bowls committee recently presented a $10,000 check to representatives of the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, the Commission on Economic Opportunity and the food bank at Luzerne County Community College.  The funds were raised at the third annual Empty Bowls event in November 2014 and will be divided among the three organizations. The event is sponsored by Wilkes University, King’s College, Wyoming Seminary and Luzerne County Community College. The next Empty Bowls event will take place at Wilkes on November 15, 2015. 

Empty Bowls began as an international grassroots effort promoting hunger awareness. Potters and other craftspeople create handcrafted bowls to serve as a reminder of all of the empty bowls in the world. Empty Bowls was founded locally in 2012 by local potter and Wilkes University instructor Jean Adams. 

Pictured L-R, front row:  Virginia Davis, committee member; Bridget Giunta Husted, Wilkes University; Thomas Leary, president, Luzerne County Community College; Fr. Jack Ryan, president, King’s College; Beth Doherty, King’s College.

Pictured L-R, back row:  Patrick Leahy, president, Wilkes University; Jean Adams, Wilkes University; Gene Brady, Commission on Economic Opportunity; Rose Gryskevicz, King’s College; Marlon Pitts, Kid’s Café at CEO; Mike Cianciotta, St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.

Not pictured: Ken Marquis, Marquis Art and Frame; Peter Lello, Luzerne County Community College; Mildred Urban, Wilkes University; Rebecca Van Jura, Wilkes University; Colleen Ayers, Wyoming Seminary; Elanie Burg, Wyoming Seminary; Maura Modrovsky, King’s College; and Mary Sullivan and Donna Dennis, both from Luzerne County Community College.