To the seventh annual Empty Bowls luncheon held March 2 in Cooperstown.
The community event, which combines the volunteer work of local students, restaurants chefs and almost 30 artists, provided a selection of soups and breads served in unique, artistic handmade bowls and raises funds for the Cooperstown Food Bank.
Seven years ago, the event showcased barely 100 bowls, organizer Donna Bailey-Mackie said in a media release before the event.
“And we thought that was a lot,” she said. “That’s how it got started, and it’s grown every year. Last year, we had 300 bowls and raised $7,400 for the food bank.”
This year’s event raised about $6,600, bringing the total to more than $37,500 in donations to the food bank.
Fundraisers such as Empty Bowls go beyond traditional meals to showcase local talent. The creative endeavor involves many aspects of the community. A similar event, the Chili Bowl, is held in February in Oneonta at the Community Arts Network of Oneonta.
All involved in this fundraiser should be proud of their contributions.
To the participants of The Daily Star’s 2013 Regional Spelling Bee.
Twenty-two sixth- through eighth-graders in the Otsego Northern Catskills and the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Boards of Cooperative Educational Service competed in the event March 2 at Goodrich Theatre at the State University College at Oneonta.
Eighth-grader Molly Youngs of Sidney won the event, correctly spelling “cilantro.” She beat Taegan Mackey of Oneonta in the ninth round, the third round of head-to-head spelling between the two girls.
“She really worked hard,” Molly’s mother, Sheri, said. “She practiced at home, in the car, in the diner, on the way here, at the grocery store, everywhere.”
Her reward will be a trip for Molly and one of her parents to Washington, D.C., for six days during the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28 through May 30.