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Marabu uses Art Supplies to Support its Community with a Charitable Sponsorship

Marabu was proud to be one of the sponsors for Empty Bowls - Detroit, an annual event that raises funds and awareness for families in need of food, housing, health services and job programs. Marabu provided a large shipment of paint for their community bowl-painting workshops. The painted ceramic bowls are then sold at the event. Details at The Empty Bowls Project was founded in 1990 when Michigan art teacher John Hartom, and wife Lisa Blackburn, challenged his high school art students to make 120 ceramic bowls and a personal difference. Hartom's students accepted the challenge and made enough bowls for the entire school staff to use as serving pieces for soup at the school fundraiser. Guests were given basic information about hunger and, to their surprise, were asked to keep their bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The reaction of the staff was telling. Hartom and Blackburn realized something very powerful had occurred. What was to be a one-time luncheon became an international grassroots effort to help fight hunger, thus starting he Empty Bowls Project. Empty Bowls Detroit began in 2007 with a youth group that painted 100 bowls and raised $500. In 2017, 11 years since we began, Empty Bowls Detroit attracted more than 600 attendees and raised more than $35,000 for CCSS. None of this would be possible without our generous volunteers, donors and sponsors. All ‘personnel’ are unpaid volunteers and we are proud to declare that 100% of all net proceeds are passed on to CCSS to feed those in need. Often joined by artisans, craftspeople, churches, schools, and youth groups, independent Empty Bowls events across the U.S. and Canada have raised millions of dollars in the fight against hunger. Regardless of the location, sponsors, and the bowls used, all events include a simple meal and a bowl to take home to remind us that someone's bowl is always empty.

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