Associated Bank colleagues from the Associated Women’s Network (AWN) and Young Professionals of Associated (YPA) recently partnered to sponsor the Portage County Empty Bowls event in Stevens Point for the second consecutive year.

Empty Bowls is a non-profit organization that supports the international effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. They work with volunteers to develop exciting and powerful models and create positive and lasting change in the community.

Associated Bank colleagues gathered at the Stevens Point Clay Corner and creatively painted more than 40 bowls for the event, which supported local hunger-prevention efforts. Colleagues selected from bowls crafted by local artists and standard bowls from Clay Corner. They were then able to get creative in applying a range of paints, textures, glazes and techniques.

“Decorating bowls provided me with a great opportunity to spend some creative time with my two young boys while also supporting my community,” said Katrina Blaskey, sales development manager, Associated Bank. “It’s great that Associated Bank is also a huge supporter of colleagues performing community service together. Everyone seemed to enjoy creating their bowls and watching their final products come to life.” Blaskey’s Brewer bowl design tied for most-creative display.

The finished products were donated to the Portage County Empty Bowls program, which hosted a fundraising event at the local high school. At the event, bowls could be purchased as a donation to the cause and filled with soup donated by local restaurants. The meals were accompanied by bread, beverages and dessert. The event also featured a raffle, entertainment, clowns for children and a pottery demonstration by a local professional potter.

Photo caption: Clay Corner displays Associated Bank’s completed Empty Bowls from their recent event.