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12th Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls raises enough for 60,000 meals

The 12th Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project raised more than $7,500, providing enough for more than 60,000 meals for children facing hunger in Martin County.

Patrons lined up at the Woman’s Club a half-hour before the doors opened on Feb. 25, 2018, for a bowl of savory soup provided by area restaurants and their pick from among the hundreds of hand-crafted bowls created by area artists for the event. In just about two hours, every bowl had been selected – a first for the event that honors the late ceramic artist Lundin Kudo.

Patrons also bid on the selection of “souper” bowls available in the Mae Slaton silent auction that had been created by well-known local clay artists.

“Raising more than $7,500 in three short hours is fantastic, and we applaud the Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls committee for their dedication and hard work,” said Triana Romero, Director of Marketing & Communications for Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We also want to thank the local restaurants that donated the delicious soup for this year’s event and the Woman’s Club for use of the beautiful space.”

Restaurants providing soup were Chef’s Table of Stuart, Conchy Joe’s Seafood, Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House, East Ocean Bistro, Ground Floor Farm, Kazu, Mary’s Tiki Grill & Cafe, Osceola Street Café, and The Gafford.  Among the selections were cream of asparagus, lobster bisque, conch chowder, mushroom, and miso soup.

Committee members were Diane Ayres, Rabe Cogsil, Petey Cox, Joan Hooks, Mia Lindberg, Georgia Malone, Gail McCarthy, Cheryl Ritland, Carolyn Smith, and Leona Zegar. At the committee’s request, Treasure Coast Food Bank will use the proceeds to support child nutrition programs in Martin County. In addition to the funds donated to Treasure Coast Food Bank, $1,227 was donated to Mary’s Kitchen.

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