CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Chappaqua Cares, an organization dedicated to connecting local residents with opportunities for volunteering, fundraising and donating, announces that its first fundraising event, Empty Bowls Westchester, raised $100,000 to help feed those in need in Westchester County.
More than 200 guests came together to raise money for the one in five residents in Westchester County that are hungry or at risk of hunger. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, The Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah and The Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry in Pleasantville.
Every dollar donated to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry buys $4 worth of food so the monies raised from Empty Bowls Westchester will help purchase $400,000 worth of food at the pantry.
The monies donated to the Community Center of Northern Westchester will help keep shelves stocked for almost 12 weeks and will provide food to approximately 2,320 families during that time.
“Empty Bowls Westchester was a huge success and demonstrates how committed the Chappaqua community is to eradicating hunger in Westchester County,” says Chappaqua Cares co-founders Jessica Reinmann and Dawn Greenberg. “Chappaqua Cares will continue to connect the community with additional ways to support these local food banks.”
Empty Bowls Westchester guests dined on a simple meal of soup and bread and each took home an empty bowl painted by local artists including from the Northern Westchester Artists Guild, who helped paint and glaze 150 bowls. A celebrity bowl auction with bowls signed by Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley, Guy Fierri and Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann, to name just a few, raised more than $4,000 to contribute to the cause.
“The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is deeply grateful to Chappaqua Cares, their Empty Bowls committee, and all our neighbors who participated in the success of this extraordinary event,” said Robert Cummings, Board President of The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry. “Through your energies, enthusiasm, and generosity, we will be able to provide a full assortment of healthy food to our neighbors in need throughout the winter and beyond.”