Empty Bowls Wilmington fundraiser sees its largest crowd ever

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The parking lot was packed and lines snaked through First Baptist Activity Center for the Empty Bowls benefit for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and Good Shepherd Center today (March 23).

Organizers of Wilmington’s Empty Bowls Lenten lunch event said it had a record attendance, selling about 1,800 tickets.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard gives emergency food to the poor, and Good Shepherd Center shelters the homeless and helps reconnect them with housing.

Area potters and ceramic artists crafted about 1,900 bowls for Empty Bowls attendees to take home after the event. Three dozen area restaurants donated soups, breads, cookies and drinks for the crowd.

There were even a few celebrity soup servers including author Clyde Edgerton, Cucalorus Film Festival director Dan Brawley and New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield.


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