- What happened to the old website?
The old website was badly hacked. Fortunately, we didn’t store any private information on it, so nothing was compromised except for the time invested in it.
- How can I volunteer?
Let us know on the contact form!
- What does volunteering entail?
Volunteer tasks might be contacting a restaurant to get a commitment for a soup donation, organizing your group to make and donate baked goods, helping set up or clean up on the night of the event, or just getting the word out about the issue of food insecurity in our county. There are only six of us here at Loudoun Empty Bowls, and we’re planning on 550 bowls, 70 gallons of soup, and an outrageous amount of baked goods. Our success is dependent on your help.
- I don’t have a PayPal account, but I want to donate. What should I do?
While PayPal handles all of our online transactions, an account with PayPal is not required. Continue through Checkout and PayPal gives an option to pay by credit card without logging in. This allows for you to have a secure checkout experience with or without a PayPal account.
- Where are my tickets?
This year we’re again going with paper tickets. If you order online, your tickets will be waiting for you are the Will Call table at Stone Tower Winery during the event.
- Can I buy tickets in person before the event?
Yes! The six people who make up Loudoun Empty Bowls — Kristen Swanson, Amy Berringer, Magen Morse, Christi Palacios, Kaarin Nelson, and Jenny Wolfer — will all have tickets in hand to sell until we’re sold out. Payment by check should be made at the time you are handed your tickets.
- Is Loudoun Empty Bowls a real charity?
Yes! Loudoun Empty Bowls is registered as a charitable organization in Virginia, and a 501(c)3 Public Charity with the IRS, Tax ID 46-5089393.
- How much of my money will actually go to the recipients?
100% of the proceeds go to the grant recipients, which this year are Loudoun Hunger Relief and Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS).
- I have a ticket, but I won’t be attending the dinner. Can you just mail me my bowl?
Unfortunately, no. The bowl is our gift to you for attending our dinner. While we cannot pick out a bowl for you, if someone you trust is also going to the event, you can have them pick out your bowl for you. Just let us know that they will be picking up your ticket at Will Call.
- Can I reserve a bowl by a specific artist?
Unfortunately, no. Bowl selection is first-come-first-served at the event.
- What is up with the tiny soup cups? The soup cups hold 8 oz which is supposedly a single serving of soup, but we don’t expect that to fill you up! At any given time, there will be about 10 soups available, and we want to you try everything that sounds good to you, come back for more of your favorites, and of course note which restaurants donated your favorite soups. Little soup cups keep you from accidentally filling up on one delicious soup.
- Why are you having this dinner on a Thursday? Why not Saturday? (or Friday like they used to be?)
Stone Tower Winery has been very generous to host this year’s dinner during prime wedding season, and their every Saturday is booked well in advance. Even their Friday nights are highly sought-after for rehearsal dinners, evening weddings, and parties, and we here at Loudoun Empty Bowls are deeply honored to have such big-hearted friends and sponsors who are willing to donate both the location/resources and a desirable time to make this evening a success.
- I can’t get to Leesburg by 6:00 on a Thursday night. Am I just out of luck?
Not at all! We will serve dinner from 6:00 until 9:00, and we have enough Empty Bowls that even the last person to arrive will still have a lovely selection from which to choose.
- What are Stretch Tickets?
Each year, after we sell all of our 500 tickets, we have a number of people who are still interested in coming. However, 500 guests is sort of a hard limit for us, such that anything over 500 actually costs us more per person and puts a strain on the resources of the winery and the volunteers who are already working very hard to make this a great event. This year, we decided to offer a limited number of extra tickets, but at a higher cost. Buying a Stretch Tickets gives no extra benefit other than being able to attend the fundraiser even though we’ve sold out of tickets.
- What happened to the old website?