Hundreds of people braved the snowstorm and made it out to the 19th Annual Empty Bowls at Rodef Shalom this past Sunday, March 2.
At this “meager meal” of soup and bread – a reminder of those who go hungry – the nearly 1,000 in attendance had their choice of delicious soups from nearly three dozen Pittsburgh restaurants.
Ladling out the soup were luminaries Tonia Caruso, Cara Saida, Rick Sebak, Sally Wiggin, Miss Pennsylvania Annie Rosellini and chefs Bill Fuller of Big Burrito and Keith Fuller of Root 174. Also serving the nearly 1,000 in attendance were County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor Bill Peduto, City Controller Mike Lamb, Senator Jay Costa, Representative Dan Frankel, County Councilwoman Barbara Danko, and City Councilmen Dan Gilman and Corey O’Connor.
Dozens of sports and entertainment celebrities contributed to Empty Bowls by autographing ceramic bowls for the event’s silent auction. This year’s offerings included signed bowls from Tony Dungy, Martin Sheen, Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, Steve Wozniak, and various players and coaches from Pittsburgh’s three major league sports teams.
Since its beginning, this yearly family-friendly benefit has helped Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest raise over half a million dollars to fight hunger in our region. This year the event helped raised over $40,000!
Thank you to everyone who came and to all the chefs, the legislators, and Pittsburgh personalities as well as the many other wonderful donors, bowl-makers, and volunteers.