The Arts Council, in partnership with Brazos Valley art students and educators, Taste of B-CS Restaurants, Bryan Broadcasting affiliates Candy 95.1, Peace 107.7, Maverick 102.7 and WTAW 1620, Crystal Park Plaza, LLC., and Fish Daddy’s and Cheddar’s Casual Cafe teamed up on Saturday, February 28 at Crystal Park Plaza in College Station to fight hunger in the Brazos Valley. In only its third year, Empty Bowls, Jr. has successfully raised over $13,000 since its inception in 2013.
Twenty three schools from throughout the Brazos Valley participated in the event on Saturday, February 28, with more than 500 students creating and donating artistic bowls that were sold back to the public to benefit student food pantries. Jami Bevans, event founder and Fine Arts Chair at Consolidated High School, has been integral in the success of the event. “Our focus with Empty Bowls, Jr. has always been kids helping kids through art and service to fight hunger in our community.” Over $5,000 was raised through the event this year—funding that will provide much needed support to the student food pantries at A&M Consolidated High School and Oakwood Intermediate School as well as for artistic programs for at-risk youth. According to Chris Dyer, CEO of the Arts Council, “Through art and their participation in this event, students have a very special opportunity with Empty Bowls, Jr. to help their fellow students—kids just like them. The generosity and hard work of these students makes it all possible.”
“Bryan Broadcasting is thrilled to be a partner in this event to encourage the arts and fight hunger in our community,” said Tucker “Frito” Young, Bryan Broadcasting Operations Manager and co-host of the popular Morning Candy show on Candy 95.1. Empty Bowls, Jr. was attended by over 750 guests that were served a simple meal of soup and bread from celebrity DJ servers from Bryan Broadcasting affiliate stations including Candy 95.1, Peace 107.7 and Maverick 102.7, with a message of reminder about all the empty bowls in the community. Throughout the day, student musical groups from Johnson, Milam, Creek View, Henderson, Pebble Creek and Oakwood Intermediate braved the cold temperatures to perform for event guests.
Much of the event’s success can also be attributed to participating Taste of B-CS Restaurants Amico Nave Ristorante, Blue Baker, Café Eccell, Casa Rodriguez, Shipwreck Grill, Village Café along with Arts Council Business Members Cheddar’s Casual Café and Fish Daddy’s. These local restaurants served signature soups and bread for event visitors, who for a donation of $10, received an artistic bowl handcrafted by a local student and a bowl of soup and bread. Wade Beckman, Taste of B-CS President and owner of Amico Nave and Shipwreck Grill, is an avid supporter of the event. “Taste of B-CS, a group of vibrant and independent local restaurants, has been involved in Empty Bowls, Jr. since the beginning. We look forward to helping out with the event each year because it is such a great way for our members to continue to give back to a community that we all love in a very meaningful and impactful way.”
Join the Arts Council for Empty Bowls, Jr. 2016, which will take place at Crystal Park Plaza on Saturday, February 27. For more information or to get involved, contact The Arts Council at (979)696-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.