Catholic Charities is excited to welcome the public to the Third Annual Community Throwing Night to End Hunger on Thursday, September 20 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. Come cheer on your favorite participant and see who can spin the best handmade bowl! Throwing that evening is by invitation only. The public is welcome to attend and observe the throwing competition. Elmira College students and local artists will be on hand to show everyone how it’s done.

Bowls created at the throwing night will benefit Catholic Charities’ 13th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon being held on Tuesday, October 16th from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Elmira College Campus Center. As the largest fundraiser for 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 the collaboration with local potters to create handmade, commemorative bowls for each attendee. There is also a partnership 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 $40/person for lunch and a commemorative soup bowl, $320/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 ticket 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.