Empty Bowls


Thank You for Joining Us at our 6th Annual Empty Bowls Community Event!
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6pm - 8:30pm
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

CLICK HERE to see photos and highlights from the evening
READ the Connection article


Our popular Empty Bowls dinner gathering is always a heart-warming and  family-friendly evening of great art, music, food and friendship -- our largest fundraiser of the year. Your ticket includes selecting a one-of-a-kind soup bowl to take home, handcrafted by a local artist or community member. Hundreds of beautiful bowls to select from! Then join your neighbors in a simple meal of soup and bread as a symbolic reminder of those in our community who go hungry. All proceeds benefit local families facing financial crises - whose bowls and pantries are empty - so that they may be filled. Funds go directly to ODB's programs to help our neighbors in need achieve financial stability.

$30 in advance  ($35 at the door) includes handcrafted bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread to remind us of the struggles of our neighbors in need.  Children are welcome! $10 for one child; $25 for three or more children (handcrafted bowl not included).

Beautiful Bowls - Meal - Silent Auction - Music - Flowers - Raffles

Your support is critical to give our neighbors in need help & hope to achieve financial stability. Our Empty Bowls  gathering is always a heart-warming & family-friendly event. It is the result of the generous combined efforts & partnership of business sponsors, ceramic artists & students, florists, vendors, faith-based organizations & volunteers from across our Fairfax County area. We welcome auction items & sponsors!

New This Year!

Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for $100 to win your choice of one of the following FABULOUS family-friendly destinations. Only 100 tickets will be sold!** Click on the trip for a full description and details as well as restrictions. All trips are for four (4) people AND include airfare! The drawing will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8pm.  Winner Need NOT be Present to Win!  You can also add a raffle ticket to your purchase or ONLY PURCHASE a raffle ticket, if you are unable to attend the event.

  • Disney World Family Adventure - $1,050 Disney gift card redeemable for admission, food, souvenirs and more. 4-night stay in ONE standard guest room at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando. (Suggested Retail Value up to $9,744)
  • Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Adventure - Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) for 4 (minimum age 14); Kennedy Space Center Up Close Tour for 4; Lunch with an Astronaut; 4-night stay in ONE standard guest room at your choice of participating Hyatt Place Hotels in Orlando, FL (Suggested Retail Value up to $9,852)

**If fewer that 50 raffle tickets are sold, then the prize will be one half of the raffle tickets sales (50-50 split).

Click here to learn more about the raffle.

Its All About Neighbors Helping Neighbors!


Online Registration is Closed. Walk-In Registrations will be accepted.



ODB Depends on Community Support to Make Empty Bowls a Success!

Local Artists: Donate Your Handcrafted Bowls

Be an Empty Bowls Sponsor: Provide a financial or in-kind donation

Contact Jennifer Rose for more information.


A Very HEARTY Thank You to Empty Bowls Sponsors and Supporters!

A VERY special thank you to our sponsors:

Golden Ladle  $5,000


Copper Kettle  $2,500

The Democratic Women of Clifton & Northern Virginia (In-Kind)

Silver Spoon  $1,000


Soup Spoon  $500
Apple Federal Credit Union
Rotary Club of Fairfax
Vulcan Materials

Serving Spoon  $300
Shark Tank Racing Squad

Food, Entertainment and Support Services

Choices by Shawn
Great Harvest Bread Company (Burke)
Hard Times Cafe
Herndon Baking Squad
Root & Stem
Whole Foods Market (Vienna)
Zoes Kitchen (Fairfax)

Bowl Artists

"Celebrity Bowls" to be Painted by Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne and the entire City Council, Fairfax County Sheriff Stacy Kincaid, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. Other local celebrities TBA!
Clay Café (Chantilly)
Color Me Mine (Fairfax Corner)
Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne and Fairfax City Council Members
Susan Fox-Hirschmann
Jade Philanthropy Society
Jimmy Potters Studio & Workshop (Fairfax)
Madison High School Art Honor Society
MU Pottery (Maruja Ubelaker)
Sharon Bulova
Stephen Shraffan
South County High School Art Department
Frank H. Spink
Westfield High School Art Department
Westminster School 5th Grade Art Class
Jack Weyant

  Please let them know you appreciate their support for our community!

Contact Jennifer Rose to find ou how you can be listed above.


Empty Bowls 2013 Re-Cap

VIEW Photos from the Evening

CLICK HERE to Read the Fairfax Connection article about Empty Bowls 2013!

CLICK HERE to Read the Fairfax City Patch article

CLICK HERE to Read about local artist Susan Fox Hirschmann and her young student Stephen Shaffran, who contributed bowls for Empty Bowls 2013 and is already working on bowls for 2014!

Contact ODB Development Manager Jennifer Rose by email or phone 703-273-8829 with questions - or if you can help!