CHELTENHAM — More than 1,000 bowls of all shapes, sizes and colors filled the dining room of Grey Towers Castle Nov. 12 during the 25th annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner, hosted by Arcadia University’s Community and Civic Engagement Center.

Since the event’s inception, Arcadia has raised nearly $150,000 for regional, national and international organizations. This year, proceeds support Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, an agency that provides temporary shelter and food to homeless families, and Rise Against Hunger, an international program that provides crisis response, nutritious meals and empowerment initiatives to those affected by natural disasters and those in impoverished areas.

“The future of Empty Bowl is really unlimited,” said alumna Christine Friis, who used her student coordinator experience with Empty Bowl to pursue a career with Operation Homefront, whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families by providing financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing programs, caregiver support services and recurring family support programs. “It’s grown every year, so to celebrate 25 years is magnificent. I think it only has upward to go as an opportunity to continue serving the hungry and homeless in the Philadelphia area.”

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