The Chautauqua Area Potters extends their heartfelt thanks to the Chautauqua County public for their enthusiastic support of the 2012 Empty Bowls Project. More than 640 persons visited the fundraiser site in the beautiful Social Center of the Blessed Mary Angela Parish in Dunkirk last December. As a result of the public's generous donations about 1,000 hand made pottery bowls found new homes. A grand total of $19,981 was raised and will go entirely to stock the shelves of the "Shop Thru" program run by the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. In this manner all 32 Chautauqua area food pantries and soup kitchens can secure product to distribute among those in need.