In the Azalea room of the Elliot University Center on Tuesday, February 11, the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement partnered with the Empty Bowls Organization hosted a silent auction and sale for pottery made by student volunteers at the university. The proceeds of the auction and sale are to go to the food bank hosted on campus through the Lutheran church.
According to volunteers like Eli Lumen, the pottery sale was the result of months of work on behalf of Empty Bowls.
“Back in November we asked students, faculty and staff to paint the bowls,” Lumen said. “It took us a few months, however, to get it all to where we could fire and kiln them, but now they’re ready to be sold.”
The silent auction lasted from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Faculty and staff were invited to bid on the item and then come back for the item in question between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Only certain pieces were available for bidding. The vast majority remained available for purchase until the auction closed at 2:00 p.m.
According to Lumen, the bowls were designed to be safe for dishwasher and microwave use. Lumen declared the auction a success.
“We usually make $45 [from the bowls we auction] but we made $84 this year,” Lumen said.
The proceeds from the auction and sales will go to the food bank on campus. Run through the Lutheran church, the food bank offers food to students who are not financially able to pay for meal plans or otherwise secure food and necessary supplies.
“If you know anyone who might need the food pantry, you can contact us at Wesley Luther.Org,” Lumen said. “You can also reach out to the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement if you want to get involved as a volunteer.”