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22nd annual Empty Bowls to take place Thursday

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(09/25/12) - The twenty-second annual Empty Bowls is about to take over the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. It's one of the Food Bank's biggest fundraisers of the year.

We transform the Food Bank into a major restaurant with live entertainment. It's awesome," said Tracy Fowler-Johnston, of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

On Thursday, $15 buys a hand crafted, one of a kind bowl, not to mention bottomless bowls of soup from more than 40 Mid-Michigan restaurants.

"Fandangles in Flushing to Cranberries in Goodrich to Macy's Lakeshore Grill in Saginaw. It's just a great day," Fowler-Johnston said.

Finishing touches were being put on the bowls early Tuesday morning at the Flint Institute of Art.

"Students and I made approximately 1,500 bowls, and everything's donated, their time making and glazing them. I fire them. It's a community-wide effort," said Guy Ademac, IA Firemaster.

Students at the FIA have spent the last year making these bowls.

"There are students who have learned to throw bowls properly just because of the Empty Bowls project. I have one student who made 180 bowls by himself," Ademac said.

Among those bowls and plates are several celebrity signed items that will go up for auction.

"I'm impressed. Al Kaline signed my plate," Ademac said.

"Verlander, Prince Fielder, some of the Red Wings, Chris Chelios and Kris Draper. We have Jeff Daniels, Mitch Albom, Kevin and Michael Bacon from when they appeared here at the Whiting," Fowler-Johnston said.

Last year's version brought in more than $33,000. This year, the goal is 40.

"For every dollar we raise, we can provide six meals, and we provide a lot of meals to 22 counties in Michigan, so it's a huge event for us," Fowler-Johnston said.

Empty Bowls runs from 10-2, and 4-8 on Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

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