Buy a bowl; do a good deed

Published 4:55 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CACC fundraiser to benefit Carlisa, Inc.

Looking for a creative Valentine’s Day gift? Then, the Coastal Alabama Community College-Brewton campus honor students have just the thing for you.

Called “Hearts for Hunger+Empty Bowls,” the event is a group project by the college’s honor students and art club and will benefit Carlisa Thomas McMillan’s Community Restaurant, “Drexel and Honeybees,” which will provide meals to the community on a “pay as you are able” basis.

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Here’s how it works – through Feb. 14, purchase a $20 ticket to receive discounts while shopping at participating area merchants and receive a bowl of soup served in art student’s ceramic creation on Feb. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the soup and art event. All ticket holders will be eligible for door prizes, a bowl (or two) of soup, and to participate in the silent auction, said ACCC art instructor Carrie Johnson. Tickets will also be available the day of the event.

She, John Eddins and Brewton Elementary and Middle school students have been busy making pottery and hand painting porcelain bowls that will be for sale or auction. Jim Gay, a renowned local potter, is making limited edition winter soup bowls for $20 and summer soup bowls, which include a handle for $25 out of Escambia County clay. Each bowl includes the EB stamp for “Empty Bowls.” Pre-orders are being taken for the special edition bowls.

“Mr. Gay has a limited quantity of local clay so get your order in early,” Johnson said.

Email her at or to place an order in advance of the event.

Area merchants participating in the discount event include: Talula Belle’s, Herrington’s The Florist, Bonehead Boots, Goody’s, Bobby’s Guns and Ammo, Bondurant Lumber and Hardware, Jus Do, The L House, and Merle Norman.

“We encourage the community to come out and purchase a ticket for a bowl of soup, and enjoy the art auction,” Johnson said. “It’s a great way to give back to the community.”