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Empty Bowls Dinner Gala
Empty Bowls Dinner Gala

Polk Co., FL-- The Empty Bowls Dinner Gala is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 1 to benefit the Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida. 

Organizers say the event will  feature a live and silent auction of over 60 ceramic bowls, all hand painted by local and national celebrities to remind attendees of the more than 24,000 households in Polk County who struggle to put food on the table every day.


The bowls in the auctions will include creations from:

  • Southern chef and television personality, Paula Deen
  • Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman
  • Right fielder for the New York Yankees, Matt Diaz
  • Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
  • Congressman Dennis Ross
  • Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields
  • Several local artists
  • And even high school students 

As mentioned, the proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Agape Food Bank, which has been working to alleviate hunger in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties since 1983. In addition to distributing over 6 million pounds of food each year, Agape runs the SmilePak weekend feeding program at twelve Polk and Highland county schools, and operates monthly mobile pantries, bringing food into remote areas of critical need.

At the gala, Commissioner Putnam will receive the first annual “Champion Against Hunger” award. This award was established to recognize someone in the state of Florida who has made a direct impact on alleviating hunger in our community.

“We need to highlight the issue of local hunger and recognize those fighting against it” says Catholic Charities Western Region Director, Brenda Reddout. “I hope that the dialogue that begins that night will continue and become a community-wide dialogue.”

More information and registration for the event is available at the event’s website.

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