On Friday, March 7, the university community came together for an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser dinner in support of art professor Doug Campbell, who more than a year prior suffered a massive stroke. Proceeds from the event, which included a silent auction, reached $19,000. That amount was supplemented by an anonymous donor who had pledged to match donations up to $15,000.
The funds raised will go toward sending Campbell to an intensive in-patient speech therapy program not covered by insurance. “Although many of his faculties have returned and he’s recovering very, very well, he’s roadblocked right now by a thing called aphasia that affects his ability to speak and express himself,” explains art department chair and event organizer Mark Terry.
While the event lasted just one night, preparation began in November, when 40 potters from the George Fox community and beyond came together for a “throw-a-thon” in the university’s ceramics lab. In the months following, nearly 100 volunteers trimmed, bisque fired and glazed the 2,200 ceramic bowls in which the dinner was served.
The event, sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, Newberg Bakery and Bon Appetit, was the university’s fourth Empty Bowls fundraiser. Most recently, in 2010, more than $18,000 was raised to benefit victims of the Haitian earthquake. In this case the goal was simple, according to Terry: “to get Doug back here in our classrooms making a difference in the lives of students again.”