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Empty Bowls program has record year

The economy may be in a downturn, but that did not stop Transylvania and the surrounding community from extending tremendous generosity during the 12th annual Empty Bowls Project at Morlan Gallery.

This year, bowls for the sale were created by Transylvania and Morehead State University ceramics students and their professors, Dan Selter (Transylvania) and Kira Munson Campbell ‘96 and Steven Tirone (Morehead). The gallery doors opened at noon on December 3, and within 50 minutes, 500 bowls had sold. By 4 p.m., all bowls were sold out and the project had raised a record $6,638.

The ceramic bowls sold for $10 each, with proceeds going to Community Action, a Lexington agency that provides living essentials for local residents. Some larger bowls and strictly decorative pieces, donated by local artists, ranged in price from $40-$250.

“There was no doubt in my mind that we would sell all of our bowls, I just didn’t expect to sell almost all of them in the first hour,” said gallery director Andrea Fisher.

A soup supper in the Rafskeller raised still more money for Community Action. This year, the supper coincided with drama professor Tim Soulis’s annual solo performance of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol in Carrick Theater, with donations taken at the door to benefit Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.

Giving to the community is a tradition at Transylvania. Over the last eight years, the Empty Bowls Project has raised nearly $24,000 for local agencies such as Moveable Feast, the YMCA Spousal Abuse Center, and the Hope Center.

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