HAMPTON- The 2013 Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsulaevent will be held March 15, 2013, in partnership with the Hampton History Museum (HHM) and Metro Productions.

Last year's event raised $9000 and the money went to local organizations helping to feed people in need.

Empty Bowls' goal is to help feed hungry families and individuals in the community. Potters and other local artists donate their talents to make the event unique and memorable. When event guests purchase tickets, they receive a simple meal of chef-crafted soup, plus bread and dessert, plus a handcrafted bowl of their choice. Live music enhances the party atmosphere during the affair. A raffle, silent auction, and cash bar add to the funds raised to support local food programs.

The 2013 event will be open to guests from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Hampton History Museum located in downtown Hampton, 120 Old Hampton Lane, near the free parking garage.

Advance tickets are available - cash or check only - in Newport News at Starving Artist Studio; and in Hampton at the Gallery at the Chapman and also at the Hampton History Museum. Tickets are limited due to space considerations: $25 in advance, $30 at the door if tickets are still available. All the money fromticket sales will be donated to local hunger-fighting organizations.

The Empty Bowls Project was founded in Michigan in the early 1990's as a grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight against hunger. The project has now expanded across the US and to at least a dozen other countries.

If you live Southside, attend the Empty Bowls event on March 22. It's from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Boyd Dining Hall on the Virginia Wesleyan College campus in Norfolk. Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door if still available More info on the event's Website.

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