Closing of Terra Incognito Delays Annual Fundraiser Indefinitely

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended Empty Bowls, which raises money for local food pantries and includes a handmade piece of pottery.

A food pantry fundraiser that drew more than 1,000 people to downtown La Grange last year has been put on hiatus due to the closure of a local pottery studio essential to the event.

During the hunger-combating event Empty Bowls in 2010, professional artists, Lyons Township and Proviso Township students, and community members created more than 1,000 handmade bowls at , 35 S. LaGrange Road, in December. Participants bought the bowls for $20 a piece, visited 22 participating La Grange restaurants to sample their fare, and then kept their bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Proceeds went to the food pantries of , and

 “The unique handmade bowls were part of the fabric of this particular event. People lined up around the block for almost 2 hours for a chance to choose their special bowl,” said Terri Rivera, La Grange Business Association chair of the event. “We have decided to put Empty Bowls on hiatus this spring while we consider our options.”

 Organizers of the event are now discussing options to bring Empty Bowls back, including talking to food pantries about their interest in taking it over, said Rivera.

 “We were sad to see Terra Incognito Studio leave our community, and disappointed that we will not be able to host the Empty Bowls event this year,” said Elizabeth Asperger, president of the Village of La Grange. “We will be working with our local restaurants to brainstorm other event possibilities that will bring people to La Grange to experience and enjoy ‘the best downtown’ in all of suburban Chicago.”

 For questions or more information about the Empty Bowls, contact Terri Rivera at trivera@communitynurse.org.

Megan February 07, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I'm sorry to hear this.
Lisa Cisneros February 07, 2011 at 07:13 PM
That's really too bad. They hold one at Oakton Community College every year too to great success. Great cause and fun times... :(


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