AU’s annual Empty Bowls Banquet on April 6 to feature Lauren Bush

AUBURN – The third annual Empty Bowls Banquet on April  6 will be hosted by the Auburn University College of Human Sciences Committee of 19 and AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, in conjunction with the College of Human Sciences Women’s Philanthropy Board. Featured speakers are Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson, founders of the FEED Projects, LLC.

The banquet will be in Ballroom A of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by a simple supper of soup and bread, a short program and a live auction.

Each participant will take home a soup bowl crafted by AU art professor Gary Wagoner and his students as a visual reminder of the millions of people, domestically and globally, who are malnourished and chronically hungry.

Tickets for the Empty Bowls Banquet are $19 with proceeds benefiting the AU War on Hunger. For reserved seating or for more information call (334) 844-3790 or e-mail Distinctive handcrafted bowls created by artists from across the Southeast will be available for purchase.

Lauren Bush, niece of President George Bush, along with Ellen Gustafson, former World Food Programme communications officer, recently launched a new endeavor they have named the FEED Projects. FEED sells sustainable cloth grocery bags, of which a substantial percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each bag is used to feed a school child in the developing world for one year. In 2007, FEED donated $750,000 to feed children through the World Food Programme, and this year has committed to $1 million.

Contact: Jayne Kucera, (334) 844-3890 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (