This Friday, women will come from all over to help families they've never met. It's tradition in the Northshore...deep, rooted tradition. It's Art Trooper's Fourth Annual Ladies Night Out. And, it's all for a good cause--Milwaukee Empty Bowls.
Milwaukee Empty Bowls was started about a decade ago by a Bayside Woman, Amy Dodge. To date, her non-profit organization has raised nearly $300,000 for local hunger initiative. It's also the largest Empty Bowls Event in the nation. On Oct. 8 at Oak Creek's MATC, people will stand in line to buy a bowl, just like they've been doing every year for the past 10 years. They will select a bowl made by a local artisan, a girl scout, or perhaps a high school art student. They'll choose from 1,800 bowls all donated by the community.
Next, they'll take their bowl into a large cafeteria and eat soup and bread from Milwaukee's signature restaurants. The money used to purchase the bowl will go toward local soup kitchens and hunger intiative programs. Participants take their bowls home as a reminder that somewhere, someone's bowl is always empty. In 2010, Milwaukee Empty Bowls raised $45,000 in one day--even though they ran out of bowls. Not bad for a Bayside woman who just wanted to do something great for her community.
Art Trooper donates bowls, too. Actually, the community, troops, civic organizations, families, youth groups, and religious organizations come and paint/donate a bowl. We're a hub for providing bowls. This Friday is our Empty Bowls Kick-off from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Scores of women will, once again, pay $3.00 to paint and donate a bowl. Of course, they'll enjoy the company, appetizers, and non-alcoholic beverages as our "Thank You." Many will BYOB--which is okay! No RSVP is needed and there is plenty of parking at Art Trooper.
Art Trooper will donate approximately 200+ bowls to MEB in October. Which means local hunger programs will recieve around $3,400 from the proceeds. We're proud of all the women who come paint a bowl...to feed families they've never met, and probably never will. It's a North Shore tradition.