The Empty Bowl: Fundraiser for The Samaritan Center
    Dates: November 17, 2019
    Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Price: $45 - Includes Artisan Bowl
    Address: 140 Jackson Ave., Mandeville, LA 70448
    Phone: (985) 626-4457

The Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) presents the annual Empty Bowl Project, an event benefiting Mandeville's Samaritan Center Food Bank on Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3:00 to 6:00 pm, at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club 140 Jackson Ave. in Mandeville.

Select a handmade bowl, sample delicious food from local restaurants, enjoy live music by Box Office Giants and the ambiance of Old Mandeville's lakefront beauty. Win door prizes, participate in the raffle and a silent auction, and enjoy an evening of fun and friendships.

Admission is $45 per person at the door and in advance. Purchase tickets now at or in person at The Samaritan Center, located at 402 Girod St. in Old Mandeville, and area businesses.

The Samaritan Center helps local residents in need of food, clothing, shelter and support. All proceeds from this event are used to reduce hunger in the local community through the Center's food bank. In 2018, donations helped the Center serve 3,197 local families, comprising 3,857 children, 4,695 adults and 474 seniors.

Part of a nationwide activity, the Empty Bowl concept of using student-made bowls to raise funds for those in need began in 1990, the idea of John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, art teachers at a Michigan high school. The idea quickly spread to other schools leading to creation of Michigan-based non-profit The Imagine/RENDER Organization that coordinates Empty Bowl projects nationally, including the one in Mandeville.

Founded in 1989 by several Christian churches in Mandeville that banded together to improve services to the poor in the community, the Samaritan Center is a Christ-centered organization which serves the physical and spiritual well-being of people in need through emergency intervention and Christian partnerships.

The Samaritan Center receives no financial support from government sources. Local donations of food, clothing and money are its main source of funding. The organization networks with other social service organizations in the Greater New Orleans area and regularly meets with the Northshore Homeless Coalition and the Commission on Families.

Learn more about The Samaritan Center at
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140 Jackson Ave
Tel: (985) 626-3192
Pontchartrain Yacht Club was founded in 1967, with a primary purpose supporting and promoting the sport of sailing, to… Read More
The Empty Bowl: Fundraiser for The Samaritan Center