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Community Fills Up to Fight Hunger

April 20, 2018

Empty Bowls Club Fundraiser 2018For a $10 donation, guests at the second annual Empty Bowls Club fundraiser received a handcrafted ceramic bowl filled with soup, all while supporting a worthy cause.

The bowls, made by Lasell community members, provided a vessel for guests to enjoy a hot meal while gaining awareness of local issues and the persistence of hunger in nearby communities.

The event, held in de Witt Hall on April 13, raised more than $1,500 for the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton. Local businesses and campus organizations including Chartwells, Breadsong Bakery, Star Market, and Bocca Bella Café sponsored the event. Guests enjoyed live entertainment from guitarist Tom Casey, Lasell's a cappella group, The Spartones, and students from The Conservatory at Highlands.

Empty Bowls Club Fundraiser 2018 Musical Acts

Additionally, every guest who purchased a bowl was entered into a raffle for their chance to win a variety of prizes, all donated from local Newton businesses including Bocca Bella Cafe and Bistro, Queen Nails, Just Next Door, and The Dressing Room.

"The event was definitely a success," said Amanda Mitchell '19, one of the club's co-presidents. "The night was filled with energy and support for the Centre Street Food Pantry as well as for the work we put in this year."

The Empty Bowls Project is a national program created to fight local hunger across the country. Lasell's Empty Bowls Club is one chapter of many throughout the country that engages with these issues and presents them to the community. Over the course of the year, members work together to create the ceramic bowls that are sold to guests at the annual event.

For more information on upcoming events or to get involved with the Empty Bowls Club, contact Professor Deborah Baldizar at or Itzel Feeney at

Photos by Matthew Searth '21