Fighting Hunger One Bowl at a Time

Erin Juarez

Every year since 2008, the Wynne Home Arts and Visitor Center has hosted “Empty Bowls,” a fundraiser that helps fight hunger in Walker and Madison Counties.

Supervised by Sarah Faulkner, the Cultural Services Manager for the City of Huntsville, the event promoted the arts, brought the community together, and raised more than $3,000 for Meals on Wheels.

And every year since 2008, the LEAP Ambassadors have volunteered for this event–indeed, it was a LEAP intern who was charged with creating the event!

But LEAP Ambassadors were far from the only ones to help: approximately 250 people in the community participated–working as ceramic teachers, volunteering the day of the event, sponsoring the soup, or simply by showing up and purchasing a bowl of soup.

This year, donors could try soups from Carbonero, City Hall Cafe, 5 Loaves Deli, Floyd’s on 14th, and Huntsville High School Culinary class, and we also had some finger foods on hand to supplement the soups.

Compared to the ceramicists and soupmakers, our tasks were simple: greet people…

…serve soup…

…help clean, and take photos–all while enjoying the art, the Wynne Home, and the company of the fine people who attended.

It was a great learning experience, and it was a bonus to see the beautiful bowls created by talented others…

including those created for silent auction (which our professor won!)…

… as well as the current exhibit, which are all pieces from the Wynne Home’s archives–ranging from works by Samuella Wynne to Richard Haas. And, of course, whenever we are there, we take additional looks at the Wynne Home’s permanent collection, such as works by Pebworth and Surls.

Many thanks to the sponsors, the ceramics teachers, and the many people who came out and helped make the event a success.


Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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