For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court’s Empty Bowls Project Donates Money for Hunger Relief to Catholic Charities

Amount Raised Exceeds Last Year’s Total

Lakewood, N.J., Dec. 6, 2007—For the past two years, members of the Georgian Court University Department of Art, along with local ceramic artist Lisa Lugo, have sponsored the Empty Bowls Project. The Empty Bowls Project is sponsored by an international organization whose aim is to fight hunger. The project encourages ceramic teachers to create ceramic bowls with their students and then serve a simple meal of soup and bread. The proceeds go to a hunger-fighting organization of the group’s choice. In exchange for the meal and the bowl, the participants are asked to make a donation of $15.

The Department of Art has given the money raised to Catholic Charities with the stipulation that the donation go to aid in the fight against hunger locally. Last year’s bowl sale exceeded everyone’s expectations, earning $1,574. This year, the total amount donated was $1,780, a 13 percent increase over last year!

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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