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Community leaders got together to make bowls for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser for The Open Door Pantry in Eagan.

Several community leaders came together for a bowl-painting party Feb. 19 at Color Me Mine Eagan, which is one of the presenting sponsors of the Empty Bowls fundraiser for The Open Door Pantry.

Guest artists created 10 one-of-kind hand-painted bowls that will be auctioned off at the upcoming 10th annual fundraiser March 7 at St. John Neumann Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road.

The artists at this inaugural event included state Rep. Sandra Masin, Dakota County Commissioner Tom Egan, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Maureen Scallon Failor, Inver Hills Community College President Michael Berndt and Apple Valley City Council Member Clint Hooppaw.

It also included The Open Door board members Karen Dare, Carol Wirsbinski and Tina Arend along with executive director Jason Viana.

For a suggested $20 donation, Empty Bowls guests will receive a soup, bread and dessert. They can take home one of hundreds of hand-thrown or hand-painted bowls donated by local artists. Tickets are available at the door.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Funds raised at Empty Bowls benefit The Open Door food pantry at a time of year when food and fund donations typically drop. Last year, Empty Bowls guests and sponsors helped raise $30,000 to feed hungry neighbors in Dakota County.

“Watching so many people from so many walks of life come together to share a meal and learn about hunger in our community is truly awesome,” Viana said. “The impact of the day goes well beyond the dollars raised.”

Guests can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win Art10 donations from local artists and businesses, including artwork, jewelry and art experience classes.

Empty Bowls is made possible by the support of many donors and sponsors. This year’s confirmed soup and bread donors include Jensen’s Food and Cocktails, Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill, Lunds & Bylerlys Eagan, Valley Natural Foods, Andiamo Italian Ristorante, Bourbon Butcher, Lakeville Brewing, Lone Oak Grill, Kowalski’s and Great Harvest Bread.

In addition to presenting sponsor Color Me Mine Eagan, Empty Bowls community sponsors include Western National Insurance, Old National Bank and Rami Qarmout Coldwell Banker Burnet. Annual Partners include Herregan Distributors, Home Federal, John Henry Foster, Minnwest Bank and Superior Service Center.

More information is at theopendoorpantry.org.

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