Empty Bowls fundraiser returning to Phoenix to benefit Twin Oaks

Sixth graders Maria Shackett (left) and Sabrina Sandhu add glaze to their bowls, which will be used at the Phoenix Middle School Empty Bowls fundraiser March 22. Proceeds from the soup-tasting event will support Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter. Click pic for more images in our gallery.

Phoenix Middle School is once again hosting an all-you-can eat soup extravaganza.

The school’s Empty Bowls event will benefit Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter, which often provides temporary housing for Delavan-Darien school district students and families.

The event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Phoenix Middle School cafeteria, 414 Beloit St., Delavan.

Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door. The $5 donation will get attendees a hand-crafted glazed clay bowl made by a student, Phoenix staffer or community volunteer.

The unique bowls come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Soups and all the “fixins”  are provided by the Phoenix Middle School staff chefs, volunteering families and area restaurants, including Sweet Aroma, Brodie’s Beef, El Nevado, Daddy Maxwell’s, Jo Jo’s Pizza, Piggly Wiggly’s deli and others.

There will also be a silent auction with many great items donated by area businesses and families, including gift baskets, sports memorabilia, gift certificates and more.

Phoenix Middle School student musicians who performed in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble contest will provide entertainment. Musicians will include wind, percussion, piano, and strings players, along with choral singers.

“The staff and students have really gotten into it this year,” said Phoenix music teacher and event organizer Julie Ropers-Rosendahl. “We had a great time making the bowls as a team building exercise for our entire school. And we’re hopeful this event can bring some awareness to the county’s only emergency homeless shelter for families.”

This year, the Delavan-Darien School District has had 110 students without permanent and/or stable shelter at one point or another. Some of them have stayed at Twin Oaks, which provides stays of up to 90 days and assistance in helping families “get back on their feet.”


  • What: Empty Bowls Soup Tasting Fundraiser
  • When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22
  • Where: Phoenix Middle School Cafeteria, 414
    Beloit St., Delavan
  • Cost: $5 per person at the door
  • Admission includes clay bowl, all-you-can-eat soup, silent auction, music entertainment.

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