Empty Bowl returned for its 13th year on March 23 at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley in a community effort to help those who are hungry and without a home. The event sold out for lunch and dinner.
More than $30,000 was raised at the fundraiser, which will give 93 people a week of shelter and care, with all-inclusive wrap around services, such as food, clothing, a warm bed, case management, job training,
transportation to appointments, housing assistance and more.
“This event literally helps save lives,” said Nancy Baglietto, executive director of Hospitality House. “Our community is incredible. Hundreds of people volunteered their time and talent to raise awareness and support for those in need. Over 700 bowls were donated by local artists to help our homeless shelter. We are immensely grateful.”
Crowds lined up as early as 11 a.m. to select a handmade bowl. Dozens of volunteers and restaurants prepared food for participants to fill their bowls. The event included silent auction pieces, all by local artists, and a restaurant raffle at each seating, made possible by Twelve 28 Kitchen and Sopa Thai Cuisine.
“Many thanks to the public for your support. Without you, some of us would be lost or simply dead,” said Randy Miller, a homeless guest at the shelter who shared his story at the event. “We cannot thank you all enough for what you have done for us. Life may not be a fairy tale, but there is at least hope now.”
Donations to Hospitality House can be made at hhshelter.org or by mailing a gift to Hospitality House at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
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Artists display their bowls at the Empty Bowl fundraiser.