Sayville Art Club's 'Empty Bowls' Fundraiser a Win-Win Success

Event raises $1,400 for Greater Sayville Food Pantry.

Photo by Linda Mittiga/Sayville Schools.
Photo by Linda Mittiga/Sayville Schools.
Photos and story by Linda Mittiga/Sayville Schools.

It was a feast of all-you-can-eat homemade soups, tossed greens, taco salad, and warm rolls, thanks to the generosity of Sayville faculty, students, families, and such local merchants as 5 Points Café, Idle Hour Deli, and Wenner Bread.

Sayville High School Art Club held its sixth annual “Empty Bowls” soup/salad dinner fundraiser in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Month (October).  

For this worthy cause, some returning favorite soups prepared by annual contributors were offered along with new recipes, and all were delicious!

In addition, for the price of the $10 admission, attendees not only enjoyed a soup/salad dinner, but were able to select a one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic bowl created by Sayville High School Art students and teachers.

High School art teacher John Verschure again organized and ran the event with the tremendous help of student volunteers and the support of colleagues (see lists below). 

The successful art-department sponsored event, under the direction of John Verschure, had the assistance of Art Department Chairperson Debbie Urso, Evan Hammer, and the support of art teachers Jennifer Berotti, Robin Laxton, and Jeannette Ainslie.

Empty Bowls, which is also held in conjunction with the Sayville School Employees Charitable Foundation, raised an unprecedented total $1,400 for the Greater Sayville Food Pantry.

Student Helpers: Abby Good, Cielle Pappulardo, Isabella Lombardo, Jess Hand, Anna Smith, Tess Acierno, Claire Levy, Cassandra Kroll, Nicole Angelillo, Gabrille Krupa, Julia Micelli, Austin Coppola, Megan MacFarlane, Melissa Hunter, Julia Miglino, Jarrett Tucker, Raven Dushnick, Blake Cunzio, Jillian Coughlin,

Some of the Contributions
Robin Laxton-Chicken Barley
Evan Hammer-Hot Chili
Brian Bennett- Ham and Cheddar Chowder
Doug Shaw-Roasted Onion and Garlic Soup
Sally Stoll-Depompeo-Chili
Kristi Werner-Black Bean Soup
Amy Vershure –Italian Wedding Soup; Vegetarian Loaded Potato Soup
Don Fleming- Italian Wedding with Chicken Meatballs
Linda Weingarten -Pumpkin Bisque
Jennifer Berotti -Sweet Potato Bisque
Laura Rock-Smith - Beef Barley
Mrs. Cunzio - Tortilla Soup; SaladTiffany Trava- Garden Salad
Deb Urso –Salad 
Restaurant Contributors:
Werner Bread - fresh dinner rolls
5 Points Café - pumpkin soup
Idle Hour Deli - chicken and wild rice soup
The “Sayville School Employees Charitable Foundation” was established in 2008. The purpose of this nonprofit organization is to raise funds for distribution to recognized charitable organizations within the communities of Sayville and West Sayville throughout the ENTIRE year.
The primary method of raising funds has been through the voluntary donations from Sayville school employees via a deduction from their paychecks every two weeks. Approximately 97 staff members are current contributors.



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