Empty bowls fundraiser is filling and fulfilling

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter



HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Ministerial Association will benefit from $1,740 raised at the Empty Bowls event held at the First United Methodist Church in Hillsville last Thursday.
Organizers served around 200 bowls of soup or chili provided by Shoney’s, said organizer Laura Romanowski of the Arts and Cultural Council of the Twin Counties.
Carroll County students and teachers Frieda Cole, Amy Jackson and Amanda Janney made the 300 art pottery bowls for attendees to take home with them.
Art students, kids in the Cavalier after school program at the intermediate school and the Rotary Interact Club at the high school participated.
“It’s a rainbow of happiness,” Romanowski said as the colorful bowls were set out before the event.
Organizers and the 15 volunteers prepared for between 200 and 250 people to attend, based on last year’s figures.
Dustin Montgomery of the ministerial association, who is pastor of Pine Grove church, marveled at the efforts of the hunger awareness campaign. “Where else can you go to get a meal, a bowl and help somebody in the community at the same time, all for 10 bucks?"
“So many people helped in large and small ways,” Romanowski said afterwards.   "We had over 300 servings of donated desserts, 400 donated rolls.”
She also thanked Food Lion for donating the iced tea and the crew from Shoney's — Jeremy Gravley, Jon Vaughan and Brian Spencer — who brought and served about 50 gallons of potato soup and chili.