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Arkansas Foodbank seeks sponsors for upcoming ‘Empty Bowls’ charity auction

The 12th annual Empty Bowls charity auction and dinner to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank will be held on Thursday, April 24. Highlighting this year’s annual event is a new location.

The event will take place at Next Level Events in the historic Union Station near downtown Little Rock. The money raised from this year’s event will allow the Arkansas Foodbank to continue to support the 300 agencies in our 33 counties that provide food for their local communities.

Anyone who would like to become a sponsor or donate items for the auction should contact Becky Barnes Campbell, special events coordinator at the Arkansas Foodbank, at (501)-569-4329 or email at

Guests will be able to choose from a wide variety of dishes that will be prepared by local chefs from popular restaurants. Throughout the evening, there will be silent and live auctions for arts, crafts, and goods created and donated by local artists, craftsmen, and vendors. Musical guest for the evening will be local talent, The Rodney Block band, a jazz quartet comprised of a lead trumpet, piano, bass, and drums.

The ticket price is $75 for one ticket or $150 for two. However, tickets will start at a reduced price of $65 if ordered before Feb.28. Tickets are limited to the first 500 people and can be purchased on our website, The event starts at 6 p.m.

The Honorary Chairs for this year’s event are Dr. Laurence H. Miller and his wife, Anne. Dr. Miller is a Senior Psychiatrist with the Division of Medical Services (Medicaid) as well as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UAMS where he teaches medical students and psychiatry residents. Anne Miller has established a role in the volunteer community in Little Rock and all over Arkansas. She also spends her time raising funds through fundraisers for The Audrey Miller Poritzky Fund for Children, an organization in memory of their daughter Audrey.

“Join us this year in our vision to create a community where no one has to go hungry. With your help, we can provide more food to more Arkansas families,” Campbell said.

The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock, Warren, and Caddo Valley serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year, the Foodbank distributed more than 20 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed the hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit the Foodbank website at

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