Marshall University Empty Bowls fundraiser goes online

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An annual fundraiser at Marshall University to help feed needy families has moved online.

Marshall says its art school is teaming up with a pottery studio for the Empty Bowls alternative event.

Marshall says in a news release that the Pottery Place of Huntington has more than 500 bowls and T-shirts listed on its website. The bowls were made by Marshall ceramics students but some were not finished before the school and the fundraiser were shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bowls and T-shirts cost $15 apiece. Purchased items can be picked up at the store. Proceeds will go to the Facing Hunger Foodbank, which serves 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

Last year’s fundraiser raised a record $18,000.

Pottery Place owner Jessica Stone is a 2004 Marshall graduate. She was part of a group of ceramics students who launched Empty Bowls 17 years ago.

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