Barnabas Adds Online Market to Empty Bowls Event

A new Barnabas initiative keeps the creativity flowing at this ever-growing, home-grown social service agency.

Barnabas supporters and handicraft fans can now shop online for the Empty Bowls fundraiser. It features artisan bowls, which are available only on

The Empty Bowls Marketplace features work by 10 talented artists — Robin Bruck-Tanner, Trevor Dunn, Michael Fay, Stephen Heywood, Barbara Koontz, Lis Krawiecki, Billie McCray, Sarah McCullough, Jacqueline Stouse, and Stephen Weston.

Pam Fox, Empty Bowls Event Chair, said, “I am proud of the community coming together to support those who need us the most, our neighbors. Barnabas Center concentrates on delivering hope and the Empty Bowls event allows us to do just that—deliver hope.”

An army of local volunteers spent many hours painting and crafting bowls this spring and summer. Amelia Makery hosted paint parties, then glazed and fired more than 1,000 bowls for the luncheon event and many of these bowls will be featured in the online auction. Local photographer Lynn Tennille spent many hours of her donated time professionally photographing the bowls for the online auction site.

The Empty Bowls Marketplace will allow shoppers to bid on items or buy them outright. The online marketplace will close on Nov. 29.  Purchased items will be available for pickup at Barnabas Center on December 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

This year’s 10th annual Barnabas Center Empty Bowls luncheon event will be held on Monday, Nov. 27 from noon-1 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The event will raise funds to help individuals and families in our area who are experiencing hunger. For more information, visit Parking will be extremely limited, and carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking will be available starting at 10:45 a.m. at Peters Point Beachfront Park, with a complimentary event shuttle service provided by Omni Resorts Amelia Island. The event is currently sold out but a waiting list is being maintained.

Event proceeds help Barnabas Center achieve its ongoing mission of providing help and hope to individuals and families in need throughout Nassau County, Florida to improve their stability, health, and well-being.

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8 months ago

I LOVE the bowls and have around 20 of them. I will be shopping online for them

Karen Schaffner
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Karen Schaffner(@karen-schaffner)
8 months ago

Thank you for posting this. The bowls on the Marketplace are just a small percentage of the 1,000 wonderfully creative bowls that have been painted by hundreds of volunteers. And every year, we add more local artisans who donate their work to support this fundraiser. Barnabas Center is an essential lifeline for our Nassau County neighbors in need!