16th Annual Empty Bowls Benefiting Tarrant Area Food Bank Set for March 7

Empty Bowls, Tarrant Area Food Bank’s largest annual fundraiser presented by GM Financial and Albertsons/Tom Thumb, is set to bring together artists, 50 local chefs and the community to raise funds to fight hunger across North Texas.


Upon arrival at Will Rogers Memorial Center on March 7, each of the nearly 2,000 guests will receive a free bowl crafted by a local artist, school or community group. The bowl serves as a symbolic reminder that not everyone in our community has the ability to fill up their bowls. Guests then begin their lunchtime adventure around the venue to sample soups and other bites created by 50 local chefs.

“Fighting hunger is so critical in North Texas because every sixth person in our community is uncertain where their next meal will come from,” said Bo Soderbergh, executive director, Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Every fourth is a child and that’s why the proceeds from Empty Bowls are so important.”

In total, the event is expected to raise 1.4 million meals for use across Tarrant Area Food Bank’s 13 county jurisdiction.

On top of receiving a bowl made of ceramic, glass, wood, metal or fabric, guests can also enter to win raffle prizes including season tickets for TCU football and a shopping spree at The Shops at Clearfork. A silent auction packed with unique items will span the venue, and celebrity-signed bowls will be available for bid at a live auction.

Empty Bowls Event Details:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Will Rogers Memorial Center

3401 West Lancaster, Fort Worth, Texas

VIP Ticketholders:   10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

General Admission: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tickets are available online through midnight, March 5, or can be purchased at the door on event day

Tarrant Area Food Bank is grateful for these generous Empty Bowls sponsors:

Co-Presenting Sponsors: GM Financial, Albertsons/Tom Thumb

Centerpiece Sponsors:    Nebraska Furniture Mart, Star-Telegram, Vincent Genovese Memorial Foundation, WFAA

Mixing Bowl Sponsors:    Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Jere C. Robertson, First American, Frost, Ken W. Davis Foundation

Soup Bowl Sponsor:         EECU

Soup Spoon Sponsors:   Belwave, Ben E. Keith, Feurecia, Higginbotham, Mission Restaurant Supply, Omni Hotel Fort Worth, PDMS Design Group, Inc.

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