Pinecrest Academy hosted two Empty Bowls dinners Nov. 8 and Nov. 10 to raise money for the St. Francis Table at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen in Atlanta.

Part of the international Empty Bowls initiative to fight hunger, the Pinecrest events were a collaboration of the local community, as many hands went into the making of the bowls.

At the event, guests contributed between $10 and $25 to select among the handcrafted stoneware bowls made by students, parents and faculty of Pinecrest Academy. The bowls were sold and distributed for the dinner on a first-come, first-served basis.

The attendees then gathered to enjoy homemade soups and chili in their bowls, with the proceeds of the sale used to help alleviate hunger in the community.

"Being able to make bowls and meals that will go toward helping others is one of the ways that artists in the Pinecrest community are able to put a bit of themselves into the gifts they're giving to others," National Art Honor Society President and Pinecrest senior Claire Rivard said.

Pinecrest Academy art teacher Alison Stone has been helping this initiative for years.

“Fellow art teachers, like Mr. Albie McCann at Forsyth Central High School and Mrs. Natalie Hudson at Cambridge High School helped me fire more than 200 bowls made for this event,” Stone said.

Both Empty Bowls dinners preceded Pinecrest Academy's production of “Seussical, Jr.,” and dinner guests were invited to stay for the performance.

In all, the money raised for St. Francis Table from both nights of the event was $3,113. St. Francis Table was founded 36 years ago to fill the need to feed the hungry in Atlanta on Saturdays, and now feeds as many as 500 people each Saturday.

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