Let's get one thing straight: The empty bowls at the Empty Bowls fundraiser do not stay empty for long.
Instead, the hundreds upon hundreds of hand-made soup bowls will be filled with delicious homemade soups made by Racine's finest chefs and served with bread and beverage.
This is a hunger-fighting event on two levels. Its chief purpose to remind us that there is always an empty bowl somewhere. And, of course, to raise money for the Racine County Food Bank and the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization shelter. Since 1997, Empty Bowls has raised more than $57,000.
Its latest incarnation will take place on Monday, March 1, with servings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., all at the Masonic Center. Use the 1012 Wisconsin St. entrance.
Patrons will be able to choose a handmade ceramic bowl, enjoy live music, and your choice of soups and bread served by a panoply of Racine's civic and business leaders. Among the servers you'll find the mayor and police chief, council members, a state representative and school superintendent, a judge, the chief executives of RAM, Twin Disc, the Johnson Foundation and the United Way. Even Miss Racine!
Oh, and yours truly of RacinePost! (Mention that you're a fan, and I'll make sure your bowl is filled to the brim!)
Below is the complete list of servers, in case anyone wants to make dinner plans based on that. The cost for "a simple meal of soup, bread and beverage" -- and a hand-made bowl to keep -- is $15 for adults. Kids younger than 10 eat for $5; soup to go is $7.
Bring a canned good donation and / or an empty bowl from a previous year and earn an additional chance to win a special bowl set.
And now, here's the server schedule:
Early Lunch 11-12:30
1.John DickertLate Lunch 12:30-2
8.William Mc Reynolds
10.Russ Weyers & Cheryl Thomas
1.Mark EickhorstEarly Dinner 4:00-5:30
1. Monty OstermanLate Dinner 5:30-7
6.Betty Anne Dower