Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 — Empty Bowl Dinner

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Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN) in partnership with the Lutheran Theological Seminary will host the 15th annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, from 4:30-8:30pm at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

The Empty Bowl Dinner is a fundraising event that benefits NPIHN’s many programs advancing their mission to end family homelessness and its underlying causes.

Held at Chestnut Hill College (CHC) for the past 14 years, the annual Empty Bowl Dinner has become increasingly more popular, drawing over 1,200 diners and raising over $30,000 just last year. The event is moving to a new venue this year to increase parking capacity and handle larger crowds.

Attendees of the event will select a hand crafted empty bowl, and enjoy an all you can eat buffet of over 30 soups, as well as a variety of breads and desserts donated by local restaurants and bakeries. After the event, attendees will take home their empty bowl as a reminder that over 1,000 children in Philadelphia go without a meal or a place to call home each night.

Additional features of the event include special guest, Mike McGrath of WHYY’s “You Bet Your Garden,” live music, prizes and raffles, and children’s activities. New this year, two deserving NPIHN families will receive the gift of a car, donated by the Recycled Rides Program.

Executive Director of NPIHN, Rachel Falkove, said, “Our work during the past years demonstrates that when an entire community joins together: congregations, schools, organizations, business owners, artists and community members, we really can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in-need.”

Over 1,000 volunteers work to make the Empty Bowl Dinner possible, along with the following sponsors: PNC, HealthPartners, Pepsi, Celgene, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, the Goldenberg Group, Allstate, State Farm, and Sterling Autobody Shops. All profits from the event support NPIHN’s mission to mobilize resources and volunteers to meet the needs of neighbors who have lost their homes.

The Rev. Dr. Phillip Krey, President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, said, “My wife, Rene, and I never miss the Empty Bowl event for NPIHN…It seems like the whole city comes out for a good cause. We are so proud and honored to be hosts at the seminary this year.”

There will be four seatings at 4:30-5:30 pm, 5:30-6:30 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm, and 7:30-8:30 pm in Brossman Center Benbow Hall at Lutheran Theological Seminary located at 7301 Germantown Ave in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

Diners will find ample parking at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Holy Cross Catholic Church at 144 East Mount Airy Avenue and at New Covenant Church, all within short walking distance of Lutheran Theological Seminary,

The cost of the event is $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $7 for children 12 and under. NPIHN is also kicking off a monthly donors program whereby participants will receive free Empty Bowl tickets for a donation of at least $100. For more information, visit