emptybowlsec31ELMIRA, NY- Catholic Charities is excited to welcome the public to the first Community Throwing Night to End Hunger on Thursday, September 29 from 5-7 PM at Elmira College Fassett Commons. Elmira College Ceramics Department has partnered with Catholic Charities and local business owners for a lighthearted bowl throwing competition. Admission is free. Come cheer on your favorite participant and see who can spin the best handmade bowl!  Elmira College students and local artists will be on hand to show everyone how it’s done. Don’t forget to check out who’s competing this year!

Bowls created at the free community night will benefit Catholic Charities 11th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon being held on THURSDAY, October 20th from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Elmira College Campus Center. As the largest fundraiser for the Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Center, this event coincides with World Food Day and is meant to raise awareness of the effects of hunger on our community. Empty Bowls is unique in that we collaborate with local potters to create handmade, commemorative bowls for each attendee. We also partner with Barb & Mark McClure, owners of McClure’s NY Deli in Elmira, to offer guests delicious homemade soup. It’s the perfect combination of excellent food, beautiful bowls and a worthy cause.

Tickets are $35/person for lunch and a commemorative soup bowl, $280/reserved seating for eight or $20/person for lunch only (no bowl included). Get your tickets today as a limited number will be sold. For more information, contact Catholic Charities at 607-734-9784 or visit the event page.

Catholic Charities’ Emergency Service Center was created with the joining of the Samaritan Center and Second Place East Homeless Services collocated at 380 South Main St. in Elmira. This Emergency Service Center provides seamless access to multiple services, including access to emergency shelter, housing or rental assistance, utility terminations, food pantry, clothing, and prescription drug assistance.