FORT PIERCE,  March 10, 2017 – The 10th Annual Empty Bowls event will be a celebrity affair. The annual fundraiser benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank will feature a silent auction of handmade ceramic bowls autographed by celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sports.

Since 2007, Empty Bowls has raised money to fight hunger each year by selling handmade bowls created by St. Lucie County students at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market. In addition this year, celebrities who visited St. Lucie County join in the 10th Anniversary event taking place March 18, 2017. The bowls they autographed will be placed in a silent auction that day.

“We’re excited to add the autographed bowls to this event. It’s wonderful that so many entertainers and ball players have been willing to sign up literally to help us fight hunger on the Treasure Coast,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We appreciate the assistance of Anne Satterlee at the Sunrise Theatre and Kasey Blair with the St. Lucie Mets for assisting us in getting the autographs.”

Celebrities including Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Jay Leno and others as well as New York Mets players Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and more have autographed bowls for the event. The autographed bowls will be on display along with a biography of each person. Bidding will take place until 11:30 a.m. the morning of the event, with winners notified immediately afterward.

Along with the autographed bowls, more than 500 bowls are being crafted by students from public and private St. Lucie County schools for the traditional sale. For a $15 donation, patrons take home the decorated bowl of their choice, and with their purchase, receive a bowl of soup fresh made by the culinary arts students from Fort Pierce Central High School  and a piece of bread.

The empty bowl is a reminder that many individuals don’t always have enough to eat. The St. Lucie County Empty Bowls project is a powerful hunger-fighting tool, raising awareness and enough each year for Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide more than 35,000 meals.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on March 18. The silent auction ends at 11:30 a.m. Credit cards and cash will be accepted for all bowl purchases.


WHAT: St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project

WHERE: Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18, 2017

COST: $15 donation for a meal of homemade soup and the handcrafted bowl of your choice

HIGHLIGHT: Silent auction of celebrity autographed bowls from 8 to 11:30 a.m.



ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.