EmptyBowls2016BowlFor the past four years, Empty Bowls McKinney has been one of this areas most well received events. Started in 2012 to combat hunger in McKinney, this year’s event, the 5th Annual, presented by Whole Foods Market, will be held Thursday, April 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 25 at 8 a.m.

New this year, is the opportunity to become a member of the Collector’s Club. Members of this exclusive level will be granted early entry through an exclusive entrance. Collector’s Club members will be allowed first choice, choosing which event bowls they would like to collect. Additionally, they will be first to sample soups prepared by some of North Texas’ top chefs.

Collector’s Club members will be entered into a drawing for an art bowl commissioned from artist and potter, Steve Macias. Macias, a favorite of collectors, is known for his beautiful decorative and functional pottery, and his enjoyment of in his words, “pushing the boundaries of the clay.”

Collector’s Club members will also be gifted with a collectible pin by jewelry artist, Nubia Garcia, 2016 Pin Sample 1especially for this event . Garcia is the creator and designer of her jewelry line, “Colourful Blossom.” Known for her love for all things colorful, her unique creations feature an eclectic range of pieces from tiny donuts to tiny flowers, from steampunk pieces to faux stones and feathers.

According to Empty Bowls McKinney coordinator, Jamie St. Clair, this event is expected to be well attended, “We’re expecting 700 in attendance, so it will be a crowded event.”

Membership to the Collector’s Club will be limited to 50 members, with tickets priced at $75 each.

Patterned after the international Empty Bowls concept, McKinney’s event features handcrafted bowls created by potters and other crafts people within the community. Guests of the event are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Money raised is donated to McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center, an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

As a result of the Empty Bowls McKinney proceeds in 2015, Community Lifeline Center was immediately able to increase the amount of food distribution from three to four days per person, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner — providing a minimum of twelve meals per person.  Also, CLC was able to double the visits per month to the Lifeline Market benefiting families with a second opportunity to receive much needed food during their family crisis.”

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