Artists at Oregon college Throw 1,500 Ceramic Bowls to Benefit Haiti Earthquake Victims

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Students, faculty and guest artists at George Fox University create bowls for April 16 fundraiser dinner

Volunteers at George Fox created more than 1,500 bowls for the April 16 fundraising event.

There are people out there who need help, and we have the means to help them.

George Fox University is planning a fundraising dinner to benefit victims still recovering from the January earthquake that devastated Haiti.

On Friday, April 16, the university will host “Empty Bowls – A Night for Haiti” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Klages Dining Hall of the university’s Student Union Building. For $12, attendees will receive a meal in a handmade ceramic bowl created by one of the school’s students, faculty members or guest professional artists. There is a $48 maximum charge per family.

All proceeds will go to the Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that works to provide disaster relief, build stronger communities and encourage peace.

To R.S.V.P., learn more about the dinner, watch a video about the event, or donate to the cause online, visit

To prepare, artists created more than 1,600 bowls during a 12-hour span in early February. Professional potters, including Don Sprague, Nils and Diane Lou, and Don and Cindy Hoskisson, joined the effort, and dozens of volunteers turned out to make bowls or massage sore muscles.

“Creating these bowls combines our love of art with the gift of life-saving aid,” said Mark Terry, assistant professor of art and event organizer. “There are people out there who need help, and we have the means to help them.”

Organizers hope to raise about $18,000, according to Joey Bianco, president of the university’s Associated Student Community, the school’s student-run activities organization.

This marks the university’s second Empty Bowls fundraiser. In 2005, nearly $20,000 was raised to assist the “untouchable” caste on the coast of India after the tsunami.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Mark Terry
Assistant Professor of Art


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