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Murphy's restaurant kicks off Empty Bowl campaign

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Marcus Marshall wants to help. He wants to reach out to his community and make a difference. He wants to use his talents to make this world a better place. And he wants to do this by feeding you.

As the general manager of Murphy's restaurant in Atlanta, Marshall is teaming the restaurant with Wired and Fired pottery studio to bring the Empty Bowl Project to Atlanta.

"I'd vaguely heard about the Empty Bowl Project before, and when I really looked into it, I knew I wanted to bring it here," Marshall said. "And with Wired and Fired located right across the street, well, that was just very handy."

The Empty Bowl Project is a national campaign with local events that help bring awareness to hunger issues and raise funds for regional charities.

Now through Nov. 14, participants can visit Wired and Fired paint-your-own pottery studio to create a unique soup bowl. On Nov. 15, all the bowls will be sold and used at Murphy's during a community luncheon.

"This is a two-fold fundraiser. First someone makes a bowl, then someone else buys a bowl. You can do both steps, or just one," Marshall said. "It's a great chance to bring the community together for a good cause. Plus, you'll get a great meal out of it."

The menu for the bowl luncheon has yet to be decided, but ideas are flying, he said. When the concept was first brought to the table, the main course was a simple soup. However, as the restaurant's chefs dug deeper into the meaning of the event, the creativity and enthusiasm grew, and so has the menu, he said.

With this being the first Empty Bowl Project for Murphy's, Marshall isn't setting a specific fundraising goal. He is, though, hoping this will become an annual event and can garner the support of the community.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Project Open Hand, an organization that delivers meals to thousands of men, women and children living with and affected by AIDS and other critical illnesses or disabilities.

To decorate and donate a bowl to the project, visit Wired and Fired, 994 Virginia Ave. NE in Atlanta. Call Wired and Fired at 404-885-1024 or visit www.wiredfired.com.

Murphy's is located at 997 Virginia Ave. NE in Atlanta. For more information on the project or the community luncheon, call 404-872-0904 or visit www.murphysvh.com.

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The Fresh Market will hold its 13th annual sidewalk sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sept. 9 at all national Fresh Market locations. In Gwinnett, Fresh Market is located at 1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. Visit www.thefreshmarket.com or www.jdrf.org.

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National and Global Youth Service Day is the largest volunteer service event in the world, and works to bring international attention to the leadership of young people. Locally, Hands On Atlanta led a coalition team of area schools and nonprofit agencies in planning and implementing youth-led service projects. Call 404-979-2800 or visit www.handsonatlanta.org.