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Empty Bowls event to address homelessness and hunger in Rochester

rochester-empty-bowlsCatholic Family Center is gearing up for its 14th annual Empty Bowls Rochester event.

On Oct. 19, Kodak Center Theater, formerly Theater on the Ridge, will open its doors to patrons wishing to purchase soup donated by area chefs and handmade, one-of-a-kind bowls created by local artists to benefit people in crisis served by Catholic Family Center programs throughout Monroe County.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort that raises awareness and money to address homelessness and hunger in towns and cities nationwide. Some 400 guests will pay to attend a simple supper of bread and soup, and guests will choose a bowl to keep.

The event also will feature local beer, wine, desserts, live music and a silent auction. In 2016, artists donated more than 600 bowls, totaling more than $28,000 in donations.

Tickets can be purchased at

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