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IEA of West Hartford Supports House of Bread through Empty Bowls Fundraiser

IEA check presentation to House of Bread. Courtesy photo

IEA of West Hartford recently presented a check for $875 to House of Bread.


On June 12, representatives from Intensive Education Academy (IEA) in West Hartford visited the House of Bread to present a check for $875, raised during the successful Empty Bowls fundraiser held on April 25. The event, which brought together community members for an evening of food and entertainment, highlighted the issue of food insecurity and provided much-needed support to this vital local mission.

The check presentation took place at the House of Bread with key representatives from both organizations in attendance. Representing IEA were Lorine Zdanowski, Donor Relations and Development Coordinator; Marian Flores, IEA Art Teacher and member of the Empty Bowls committee; and Hallie Kudler, a dedicated IEA student from West Hartford and bowls decorator. From the House of Bread, Co-Directors Tom Porrell and Beth Boyle, along with Sister Theresa Fonti, CSJ and Co-Founder of the organization, graciously accepted the donation.

The $875 raised through the Empty Bowls event will significantly impact the House of Bread’s mission to feed, clothe, house, and educate those in need in the Hartford community.

“We are incredibly grateful to the IEA community for their generous support and dedication to making a difference,” said Boyle. “This donation will go a long way in helping us continue our mission and serve those who need it most.”

The Empty Bowls event, inspired by a tradition started by art teachers in the 1990s, featured handmade ceramic bowls created by IEA students and staff, along with a delicious meal of soup, salad, bread, and dessert. The evening was a testament to the power of community and the impact of collective action in addressing critical social issues.

For more information about the House of Bread and how you can support their mission, please visit their website at www.hobread.org.

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