ROC’s Empty Bowls fundraiser returns May 5

Students taking part in a ROC pottery class. (Submitted Photo)

The ROC PEC Youth Centre in Picton is organizing a large scale fundraiser later this spring to help ensure its crucial programming can be accessed barrier free by young people in the community.

On May 5, The ROC encouraging the community to take part in their annual fundraiser Empty Bowls to support local youth and the Youth Centre programs. Community members can participate in Empty Bowls by purchasing a ticket for a take out meal of delicious soup, fresh bread, tasty desert and a beautiful Stoneware Bowl made by local potter Dawn Middleton of the Ye11ow Studio. The bowl will serve as a unique reminder of the vital role youth play in our community. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase through or by calling 613 – 476 – 1462.

Limited tickets available and supporters are asked to procure tickets while they last.

Soups and desserts will be prepared and donated by local restaurants and chefs: The Royal Hotel, The Marans, Flame & Smith, The Drake Devonshire, The Agrarian Market, Lily’s Cafe, 7 Numbers, The Vic Drive-In, Bocado, 555 Brewing Company, Picnic PEC, The Bean Counter, The Acoustic Grill, Butterdream Cakes, Chef Michael Hoy, Hartley’s Tavern, Cedarviews and My Pies. Ticket holders will pick up their meals and bowls on May 5 from the Youth Centre, located at 299 Main Street Picton.

“Our hope is to raise $30,000 with this community fundraising event.” said Executive Director, Darlene Thompson, “Empty Bowls will be a great help to support ROC’s essential services and programming that we provide to the youth of PEC.”

The ROC PEC Youth Centre offers barrier-free programs and services to all youth between the ages of 12 and 18 with no cost to participate. The Youth Centre provides one-on-one mentorship and counselling, mental health and educational support, workshops and skills training, access to meals, hygiene products and activities that give youth opportunities to connect, learn and have fun. Learn more about programs and services at