Empty Bowls event big win for CROSS

Pottery art enthusiasts gather around the many “Empty Bowls” featured for sale at the annual event hosted by CROSS in Maple Grove Thursday, March 9. (Sun staff Photo by Aaron Brom) CROSS Empty Bowls attendees check out several of the pottery bowls that are sold to raise awareness about hunger and generate funds for CROSS. (Sun staff Photo by Aaron Brom) A colorful array of pottery is for sale at the annual CROSS Empty Bowls event. Donors, sponsors, admissions and bowl sales raised $14,251. (Sun staff Photo by Aaron Brom)
Ally Halverson or The Lookout Bar and Grill serves chicken wild rice soup. Vendors offered many different soup and chili varieties. (Sun staff Photo by Aaron Brom) Barbara English, right, performs for attendees at the CROSS Empty Bowls event. (Sun staff Photo by Aaron Brom) The Kopp Family Foundation matched that amount with $10,000, bringing the event total to $24,251. All proceeds go to fund vital programs throughout the year. (Sun staff Photo by Aaron Brom)
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The Kopp Family Foundation matched that amount with $10,000, bringing the event total to $24,251. All proceeds go to fund vital programs throughout the year. (Sun staff Photo by Aaron Brom)

This year’s CROSS Services Empty Bowls event was a success, raising awareness of hunger issues and setting a record in money raised to help feed those in need. Donors, sponsors, admissions and bowl sales raised $14,251

The Kopp Family Foundation matched that amount with $10,000, bringing the event total to $24,251. All proceeds go to fund vital programs throughout the year.

“We are grateful to the many people who attended the event and helped us match the $10,000 from the Kopp Family Foundation,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Executive Director of CROSS. “Thank you so much to our donors, vendors and the many volunteers who made this happen, especially the chair Pam Hanson.”

For many, this was the first year to attend Empty Bowls. Said one attendee, “My church supports CROSS and I’ve donated before, but had never been to Empty Bowls. This is so much fun, I will mark my calendar for next year!”

This annual event is one of several raising money for CROSS throughout the year. The next event is The Derby Days Golf Tournament, May 21 at Sundance Golf Course.

CROSS serves Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo and Rogers. It has been providing services for local families and individuals for over 40 years. In addition to a food shelf, CROSS provides housing assistance; clothing; support for children’s school, birthday and holiday needs; Meals on Wheels and more. For information about CROSS, including donating and volunteering, go to www.CROSSservices.org or call 763-425-1050. All donations are tax-deductible.