Get Your Tickets to the 28th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, presented by Bank of America

News Date: 
October 15, 2012

Date: November 13, 2012 - 12:00pmLocation: Prime Osborn Convention Center (Downtown Jacksonville)Ticket Information: Individual tickets: $30 - Nonprofit tables: $300 - Corporate tables: $600 (See below for other sponsorship opportunities). For more information, contact Tia R. Ford, special events manager, at 904.739.7074 or e-mail tford@WeNourishHope.org.Purchase tickets/sponsorships

FEATURING:

♦ Handcrafted bowls

♦ Silent auction

♦ Celebrity autographed bowls

♦ Live pottery demonstrations

♦ Entertainment by area musicians and school groups

♦ A simple meal served by local celebrities

*Please arrive early in order to choose your perfect bowl. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The 28th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon is presented by Bank of America.

ImageBowls, Bread & SoupThe Empty Bowls Luncheon demonstrates community support for those who are coping with hunger in North Florida. Local celebrities (including media personalities) act as servers for the event. In addition to helping fight hunger, the luncheon presents a diverse program for all. Area students and senior citizen groups have created original, handcrafted ceramic bowls for every guest. Luncheon attendees are able to select just the right bowl to take home.

Local potters and ceramic artists have also donated their time and talents to create unique bowls. In addition, the Empty Bowls Luncheon includes celebrity signed bowls. Recognized personalities from the national stage have lent their names to the cause.

ImageThe annual Empty Bowls Luncheon has come to symbolize the beginning of Thanksgiving and the holiday season. We hope you join us for a memorable afternoon and help us fill the empty bowls in our community. All proceeds will benefit Nourishment Network North Florida, its member agencies and our neighbors who need food assistance.

Empty Bowls HistorySeveral years ago, a high school art teacher came up with a creative way for his students to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make clay bowls for a fund-raising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the following year, the originator had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger.

About Nourishment NetworkNourishment Network North Florida has served those in need since 1979. In Jacksonville, the majority of the people served by Nourishment Network are children and senior citizens. The common misconception is that hunger is experienced only by the homeless; however, this population comprises less than 10 percent of the people helped by Nourishment Network.

In an effort to meet growing needs in our community, special events like Empty Bowls help to promote hunger awareness, raise much-needed funds, and show support for one of the nation’s most solvable social issues – food insecurity.

How Nourishment Network Fights Hunger* Distributes millions of pounds of food annually through more than 500 member agencies to hungry people in a 17-county area;* Provides nutritious food, snacks and meals to more than 8,500 children through the Kids Cafe, Summer Lunch and BackPack programs.* Arranges for pick-up and storage of fresh and nonperishable foods, which saves local nonprofits millions of dollars each year;* Organizes Mobile Pantries, a series of single-day events sponsored by corporations, churches and nonprofit organizations to distribute large amounts of food in the areas most affected by poverty and hunger;* Works with the Jacksonville Farmers Market to enable people in need to use EBT/Food stamp cards for purchasing fresh, healthy food.

Ticket Information$30 - Individual Ticket

$600 - Corporate Table• Table of 10 and recognition in event program

$300 - Non-Profit Table• Table of 10 and recognition in event program

Sponsorship Levels$10,000 - Gold Bowl Sponsor• Logo on event poster and signage• Full page ad in event program• Recognition in media efforts• Recognition on Nourishment Network North Florida Web site• Recognition in Nourishment Network North Florida & LSS publications    and e-Newsletters.• 2 tables of 10 with Corporate name recognition• Significant recognition on all signage at the event

$5,000 - Silver Soup Tureen Sponsor• Company name and logo exposure in all collateral materials, including event program, sponsor recognition boards and on-site signage• Company name and logo recognition on the Nourishment Network North Florida website• Two tables of 10 with name recognition

$2,500 - Soup Ladle Sponsor• Company name and logo exposure in all collateral materials, including event program, sponsor recognition boards and on-site signage• Company name and logo recognition on the Nourishment Network North Florida website• One table of 10 with name recognition

$1,000 - Soup Spoon Sponsor• Company name and logo exposure in all collateral materials, including event program, sponsor recognition boards and on-site signage• Company name and logo recognition on the Nourishment Network North Florida website• One table of 10 with name recognition

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