Empty Bowls Help Fill the Shelves at Hudson Valley Food Bank

It was my distinct privilege at attend the Empty Bowls fundraiser once again (check out our coverage from last year). This year, the veteran ceramics Monique McCutcheon is retiring after 31 years as a teacher. Many of the bowls handed out at the event were her very own. McCutcheon has been a part of Empty Bowls for 14 years. She loves it because it's an evening that brings together great people for a good meal to support a good cause. 

Sponsors of the event include: 

Barbara Masterson (painter); Zaffar Produce; Commodore Chocolatier; Billy Joe's Ribworks; Hannaford; Rite Aid; Price Chopper; J and J Pest Control; Ivana's Cucina; Shop Rite; Torino Bakery; Adams' Fair Acre Farms; Showtime Cinemas; Rainbow Hair Salon; Indoor Jungle Florist; Yuess Garden Florist; La Guadalupana Bakery; Giannetta's Salon and Spa; Gold's Gym; Levity Live comedy juice; Stewart Shops; The River Grill. 

Volunteers Jesus Avilez and Dulce Chirinos, high school seniors, hand out coffee to guests of the event

Raffle items, food donation and event tickets helped raise $4,500 in 2013. This year, the committee hopes it will be even more. Government students from Miss Flemming's classes at Newburgh Free Academy volunteered as servers at the event. 

McCutcheon said that her dream after retirement will be to sell real estate and finally walk to work every day - a dream she had held all of the years she has been commuting to her teaching position at the high school. 

Congratulations to all involved on a successful evening of creative fundraising for the Hudson Valley Food Bank!