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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Good morning McKinney!

Today I am excited to tell you about an upcoming event that is oh-so-worthy of your time and money. For those of you who aren’t familiar Empty Bowls McKinney, please take a moment and learn about this important cause that blesses all McKinney citizens, both the ones that volunteer and the ones that directly benefit from it’s efforts.

Empty Bowls began 6 years ago in the parish hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  The first event would feature two local artists, host 100 people, and ended up raising $4500 that would fund Easter Basket donations to children of low-income families. The event has grown exponentially since that first meeting in the parish hall, and has raised over $62,000 in the last year it has been in operation. Empty Bowls McKinney still funds the Easter Basket program, and donates the rest to The Community Lifeline Center to help fund their community food pantry and programs to address the food insecure.

The premise is simple: professional artists, student artists, and amateurs create handcrafted bowls, and guests come to share a meal of soup and bread.  In return for a donation, guests take home an empty handcrafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the local community and of children and adults who go to sleep hungry. McKinney-area restaurants and chefs will be serving soup, bread and dessert to the attendees.

Event Information:

Empty Bowls 2018 will take place on May 3 at 6:00 PM at the McKinney Performing Arts Center in downtown McKinney.

General Admission tickets are priced at $25 from now until April 17th, and then the price is raised to $35. General admission ticket holders are granted access to the event and can take home one “event bowl” of their choosing. Extras can be purchased for $15.

Collector’s Club tickets  are priced at $75. This allows the ticket holder to arrive 30 minutes early and can choose their bowl from a separate selection of larger bowls. There are 50 of these tickets available for purchase.

Art Auction bowls are currently on display at The Heard-Craig House, and will be auctioned off online beginning April 11th. Among this group are bowls donated by local artists, and high school student artists. There will also be a Celebrity Auction of bowls made by local celebs including: Mayor George Fuller and wife Maylee, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley, Father Perry Mullins of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bishop George Summer of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Executive Director of the Community Lifeline Center Melanie Perkins, Event Coordinator of Empty Bowls McKinney Jamie St. Clair, and Event Sponsor Blount Fine Foods’ President Todd Blount.

Friends mark your calendars for May 3 and CLICK HERE right this minute to purchase a ticket for every member in your family. Invite friends from surrounding communities. Get a group together from your neighborhood to attend. Kids are welcome! Let’s all do our part to get the word out and support Empty Bowls McKinney! This is such a worthy cause and an opportunity to plug into our community. See you there!

Find Empty Bowls McKinney on Facebook and Instagram.


What many may not know about Empty Bowls, is that is modeled after the grass-roots Empty Bowls Effort that began in 1990 to make a difference for hungry people in the local community. Each Empty Bowls event is unique to the town or city it serves, and reflects the commitment of artists and others to feed the hungry people who live there.

For more information about Non-Profit Organizations in McKinney, please visit our McKinney NPO page

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