Two recent fundraisers, respectively staged by Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley and the Burbank Arts for All Foundation, brought thousands of Burbankers out to show their compassion for families in need and to support art education in local schools.
The Empty Bowl fundraiser, which took place at the St. Finbar Community Center on June 5, saw much-needed funds raised to help Family Promise carry out its mission of providing shelter, meals and support to homeless families. Supporters selected from hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls made by local potters that were then filled with their choice of soups provided by area restaurants. After eating, they were asked to take their selected bowl home as a reminder of the hunger and uncertainty homeless families face daily.
Among those who donated bowls were pottery artists Margie Manos, Philleen Meskin and Ellisa Weekley, as well as ceramic artisans from the Burbank Creative Arts Center, Glendale Community College and other local arts organizations and groups.