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2023 Annual Empty Bowl Dinner Raises Over $120,000 For Vermont Youth

2023 Annual Empty Bowl Dinner Raises Over $120,000 For Vermont Youth

October 24, 2023 -

South Burlington, VT – Vermont community members and organizations came together to raise more than $120,000 at the 2023 Empty Bowl Dinner, benefitting Spectrum Youth & Family Services. The event was held on October 10, 2023, and sponsored by Vermont Federal Credit Union. Funds raised from the dinner will go toward supporting Vermont youth facing homelessness and other hardships.

“This year’s Empty Bowl Event was a great success,” said Mark Redmond, Executive Director at Spectrum Youth and Family Services.  “We truly appreciate the support from Vermont Federal Credit Union and all those that contributed to help our local youth in need.”

Held each October, the evening brings together community members and supporters. Guests choose a ceramic bowl made by local potters to keep and fill with soup donated by local restaurants and served by local celebrity servers. Guests may also buy items for Spectrum youth, including personal care items, textbooks, or winter clothes, through the organization’s online Giving Board. This year, more than $22,000 was raised from the Giving Board. 

“We are honored to stand alongside Spectrum Youth & Family Services in providing hope, support, and a brighter future for young individuals,” said Jean Giard, President and CEO at Vermont Federal Credit Union. “The success of this event is a testament to the power of collective compassion and underscores the invaluable role that community support plays in transforming lives.”

Spectrum Youth and Family Services helps struggling teenagers, young adults, and their families get the support they need to turn their lives around. Located in Burlington, Vermont, Spectrum serves about 1,500 youth and their family members each year. For more information, please visit Spectrum Youth & Family Services.


About Vermont Federal Credit Union:

Vermont Federal Credit Union is a $900 million-plus full-service, not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution that has served Vermonters for more than 70 years, with eight locations currently serving over 50,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning they share ownership in the Credit Union and elect a volunteer board of directors. Vermont Federal Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Vermont. Vermont Federal Credit Union is committed to supporting its communities and helping Vermonters prosper, no matter where they may be on life’s journey. Learn more about Vermont Federal Credit Union. 

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