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Mike the Mailman: Empty Bowls Auction Helps the Less-Fortunate

by on November 08, 2011 6:58 AM

Since JoePa has been head coach here at Penn State, including the entire time I've been here at "The Park," as I refer to my University Park post office location, the Penn State football team has made 37 bowl-game appearances, winning 24 of them.

So we Penn Staters know a thing or two about bowl games.

But how about bowl auctions?!

I have been lucky enough this year to have been asked to decorate/paint a bowl for the Penn State University's Empty Bowls Auction. The National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week here at PSU is the week of Nov. 14; it's sponsored by Residence Life, Union and Student Activities, the Center for Arts and Crafts, and the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs. One of the many events they are hosting is this Empty Bowls project, which is an auction of the bowls that certain members of the Penn State and State College communities have created.

Besides myself, others who have designed these bowls for auction include Dean Brady of the Schreyer Honors College, the 2011 homecoming king, the Nittany Lion and many more. We have all done our creative best to personalize such meaningful dishware. Each bowl is autographed on the bottom.

The bowls are not microwave- or dishwasher-safe, but I believe that they would be a great conversation starter at any party (errr -- I mean study date). Feel free to review all of the bowls on this page.

Or, to get up close and personal to them, feel free to stop by room 209 in the HUB, where they are currently on display. If you stop in the HUB, be sure to make a quick trip over to The Park to say hello and tell me how many bowls you just bid on!!

I hope my bowl gets your "stamp" of approval (wink wink!). For this auction fundraiser, all proceeds will be donated to the State College Area Food Bank and the Housing Transitions Inc.

More than 2,300 people receive food from the State College food bank annually, and about 40 percent of them are children. On average, there are 50 volunteers at the food bank regularly. And there are 15,096 homeless people in the state of Pennsylvania.

In more "Penn Stater" terms, this would be the equivalent of all first-year baccalaureate classes university-wide, from every all 24 campuses combined.

During this month of Thanksgiving, I think it is a great time to be thankful for what we have, as well as to offer, in any small way, help to others in need in our community. I look forward to this month because of Thanksgiving, as it is always is a great time for family, football and food. Let's work together to ensure others less fortunate look forward to this holiday, too.

I'm going to go bid on some bowls now! Just some food for thought.



Mike (The Mailman) Herr gives his stamp of approval to all visitors Monday through Friday at the University Park post office in the ground floor of McAllister Building, adjacent to the HUB. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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