Eleven Years of Filling Empty Bowls

  • Once again, the Empty Bowls fundraiser was a feast of tossed greens, all-you-can-eat homemade soups, and scrumptious deserts generously supplied by Sayville faculty, students, and families. For the price of a $10 ticket/donation, patrons were able to pick hand-crafted bowls—there was an artistic array of ceramics designed by the students and faculty—that were dish-washer and microwave safe while enjoying good food and great company.

    The popularity of this event continues to grow. New this year was the Golden Flashes Café contribution by the Functional Academic and Career Development students who grew and harvested tomatoes, herbs and garlic from the High School Green House used in their delicious tomato soup. Homemade garlic croutons prepared by their teacher Mr. Phil Anzalone completed the dish.

    Empty Bowls was sponsored by the art department under the direction of John Verschure, Debbie Urso, Jen Berotti, Evan Hammer, and in conjunction with the Sayville School Employees Charitable Foundation, and as part of National Hunger Awareness Month (October), this enjoyable gathering has been feeding more than just dinner guests for the past eleven years.

    “We raised $1500 that will be donated to a local charity” Mr. Verschure explained adding that the chosen charity will be selected in a vote taken  by the student members of the Art Club.


    Coordinated by

    Debbie Urso,  Jen Berotti,

    Evan Hammer and John Verschure

     The Mission

    In recognition of October as National Hunger Awareness Month, The Sayville High School Art Club in conjunction with the Sayville School Employees Charitable Foundation is hosting an the Empty Bowls soup dinner event . For the price of a $10 ticket, you are being served a soup/salad dinner, and you will be able to select a one of a kind handmade ceramic bowl from the over 150 bowls that have been made by Sayville High School Art students and teachers for this event.

    Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Greater Sayville Food Pantryand other local charities



    Thank you for joining us, and thank you for helping to fill the empty bowls of those in need.


    Soups (Including but not limited to) Potato, Butternut Squash, Chicken Chili, Hammer’s Hot Chili, Cream of Broccoli, Garlic and Onion, Golden Flashes Café Tomato Soup...


    Student VolunteersTaylor Banks, Meg Bast, Olivia Battell, Saddie Borruso, Michelle Buono, Jenna Buyes, Caelan Chichester, evon Coiro, MacKenzie Damon, Sophia Denaro, Noelle Dufrenoy, Jessica Fraccalveiri, Amber Gidden, Sarah Hauk, Jimmy Herbst, Kayla Hill, Maddy Karman, Sarah Kenney, Sarah Lettizri, Ashley Luffman, Mary Maddigan, Emily Maha, Rose Maizus, Deanna McNally, Jillian Miller, Skylar Morello, Erika Powers, Dianna Raden, Angel Salemi, Emman Veill


    Sayville FacultyPhil Anzalone, Colleen Backer, Jen Berotti, Cindy Gianico, Evan Hammer, Robin Laxton, Abigail Marrone (Brendum), Rick Micheals, Mike Pace, Tiffany Pontieri (Trava), Alex Schwenzer (Peterson), Doug Shaw,  Sally Stoll-DePompeo, Tiffany Trava, Debbie Urso, Kathy Van Dorn


    EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS TO: Ron Hoffer, Nicole Verschure, Joan Verschure, Mrs. Schweikert, Mrs. Dufrenoy, Linda Weingarten, STA, Custodial Staff