Over 400 individuals attended Kingfield Empty Bowls last evening at Dr. Martin Luther King Park–some of them never having entered the community facility before except to vote!

Besides enjoying delicious soup crafted and created by Anodyne, Butter Bakery, Cafe Ena, and Corner Table there were piles of fresh bread and rice from Patisserie 46, Grand Cafe, Victor’s 1959 Cafe, Sun Street Breads, and Bread Star Rising and desserts provided by Curran’s, King’s, and The Lowbrow.  Thank you restaurants for supporting this event and our community!

People came for many reasons–for the food, for the pottery, to see their neighbors, and to support Nicollet Square which is working hard in our community to support youth that haven’t always had the easiest time finding their path into adulthood and need some extra support.  Lee Blons, PORTICO Executive Director, spoke briefly at the event and thanked Kingfield for welcoming these youth into our community and finding ways, including Empty Bowls, to support them on their path to stability and independence.  Tours are available monthly of Nicollet Square if you want to learn more about the programs, youth living there, and ways you can be involved in the future.  You can register for tours here.

The pottery was also amazing!  Thank you to Dock 6, Fired Up, Edina Art Center, Macalester College and Professor Gary Erickson, Washburn High School and art teacher Christina Benz, St. Paul Academy and Instructor Bob Jewett, and individual artist Michael Ziomko and Todd Rhodes.  We look forward to working with you in the year to come and expanding our network of artists and our outreach to students about this event, and where the funds are directed.  Please let us know if you would like to help us in this work in the year to come!

The money raised at this event is still being totaled.  In fact, KFNA is still accepting donations through Sunday Feb. 10, which will be directed to Nicollet Square online at www.kingfield.org; simply click the “donate button” on the lefthand side of the page.  All preliminary calculations, however, show a sharp increase over the gift we were able to provide Nicollet Square last year which was just over $4000.00.  Thank you neighbors for your generosity!

–Sarah Linnes-Robinson,KFNA Executive Director, on behalf of the 2013 Kingfield Empty Bowls Planning Team



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