14th Annual Empty Plate Event

After a two-year hiatus, Greater Lansing Food Bank welcomed back its 14th annual Empty Plate event at the Huntington Club in Spartan Stadium. Thanks to the generosity of auction donors, sponsors and guests, this year’s Empty Plate raised more than $390,000!

The 6th Annual Founders’ Award was presented at the event to the Camille and Maryalice Abood Family for the extraordinary energy, support, leadership, heart and soul by a family that has anchored Lansing for generations. We are grateful to Christopher Abood, MD, Maureen (Dan) Shaheen, Peggy Abood, Thomas (Amara) Abood, and Richard Abood, MD for taking the helm and continuing the work, compassion and legacy that their parents started more than 40 years ago.

This year’s festivities included:

  • Casual strolling dinner and reception
  • Auction packages featuring unique items and experiences
  • A commemorative “empty plate”, hand-decorated by local school children
  • A chance to socialize with friends and community leaders
  • An opportunity to help make a difference for thousands of mid-Michigan neighbors

2022 Empty Plate Program

Photos by David Trumpie

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About Empty Plate

In 2007, Mimi Heberlein had an idea about a new way to give back to the community. Taking action on various fundraising event ideas and models, she created an event which would set the standard in our community. Thanks to her vision, the Empty Plate Strolling Dinner and Auction is now one of Lansing’s premier fundraising events.