Haverhill High Hosts ‘Empty Bowls’ Thursday to Support Emmaus

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The Haverhill High School Art Department is hosting its first-ever “Empty Bowls” event to benefit Emmaus, a local non-profit community housing development organization.

The Empty Bowls fundraiser takes place Thursday Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Haverhill High School Auditorium Atrium. With a donation of $10, attendees may take home a handmade ceramic bowl, made by students in Alice Yabe’s ceramics classes, and receive a meal of a hot soup and bread. Empty bowls serve as as a reminder of “all the empty bowls there are each night in our community and in the world,” said Yabe, adding that “art can serve as a vehicle for positive change.”

“Emmaus is very grateful for the many contributions that we receive from Haverhill High School,” said Arntz. “We encourage everyone to attend the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser sponsored by the Art Department. It’s a great opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate the talent of Haverhill High School's art faculty and students, and support a great cause,” said Gretchen Arntz, Emmaus director of philanthropy.

Yabe, who has been teaching ceramics for 20 years, said her students have made 100 bowls since last February for this event.  She said she’s wanted to do an event like this for a long time and said she selected Emmaus after talking with her fellow teachers who said they have witnessed how Emmaus has positively impacted the community.

All proceeds benefit Emmaus.

Advance tickets are available by contacting Margot Regan at Emmaus at [email protected] or at 978-241-3425, or by stopping by the Haverhill Teachers Credit Union in City Hall. Checks should be made out to Haverhill High School with “Empty Bowls” entered in the subject line. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Founded in 1985, Emmaus, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to helping families and individuals rebuild their lives. Located in Haverhill, it is the largest provider of emergency shelter in Essex County. Since 1985, Emmaus has helped more than 25,000 children and adults out of homelessness and toward self-sufficiency. Last year, Emmaus served 2,179 children through its shelters and housing programs, and on any given night, 300 adults and children will call Emmaus “home.”