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Empty Bowls Benefit

$16,000 was raised at this event this year!
All proceeds went to Charity

2024  Empty Bowls Benefit
April 7, 2024, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Free and Open to the Public

Our Empty Bowls Benefit is an annual charity event that brings together artists in our community to raise funds for local non-profits to feed the hungry in our community.   


Each year, we donate hundreds of hand crafted bowls from local artists.  An Art Gallery Sale is also featured.  Attendees can buy as many pieces as they want.  Our partnership with Virginia Wesleyan University provides us with an outstanding venue.  

In 2024, we raised $16,000. which was donated to the following organizations' food programs:  FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia, Judeo Christian Outreach Center,  Samaritan House, Union Mission, Oasis Social Ministries and The H.E.R. Shelter.

Be part of the solution to hunger in our local community.  All donations go directly to charity.

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2022 Foodbank Donation

The CDA donated $10,000 of the proceeds to the Foodbank Of Southeastern VA. 

Each of these agencies received $2,000:

Union Mission

Samaritan House

Judeo Christian Outreach Center

The H.E.R. Center 

Oasis Social Ministries

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Over 1,000 Handmade Bowls

CDA members make and donate over 1,000 soup bowls each year. The Tidewater Turners also donate over 100 hand-turned wooden bowls.  

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Loving Their Bowls

Hundreds of people from near and far attend the benefit.  The search among over 1,000 bowls to find just the right bowl is enjoyed by all.   

Get Involved


Sponsor a bowl roll at your studio / Help at the Event / Advertise the event

Donate Bowls

Pledge to make bowls / Attend a Bowl Roll and make bowls



Make a Donation to Empty Bowls:  All donations go directly to the charities.   All donations are tax deductible.

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