Go bowl-ing to spare hunger

Community readies for annual Empty Bowls fundraiser
Aug 13, 2014
(Kimberly Jordan • Lebanon Democrat) Mandy and Isabel Walden roll out a bowl for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the Wilson County Help Center. The bowl-making event was held at Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Community members gathered at Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Tuesday to create art for a good cause.

The fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, a benefit for Wilson County Help Center, will be Nov. 1, and Tuesday’s bowl-making workshop allowed anyone to join in the fun and create a one-of-a-kind bowl to be auctioned at the event.

WCHC board member Pam Tate, who’s helping coordinate this year’s event, said there are 10 different groups holding bowl-making workshops. Anyone who wishes to reserve the bowl they have created has an opportunity to do so by buying a ticket to the luncheon.

“You can reserve the bowl you made by paying for a ticket. We will place your ticket number onto the bowl, and we can track it to be sure you receive it at the luncheon. They make great gifts,” said Tate.

Tickets for the luncheon are $20. They can be purchased at any of the bowl-making workshops, at the Help Center on Baddour Parkway or at the door the day of the luncheon. It will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

“All proceeds from the event go to feeding people,” said board member Jim Romano. “Since this program started, we have doubled the amount of food that the center can give to families in need.”

The Empty Bowls project has raised more than $40,000, which provides three meals a day for five days to more than 1,500 residents. For more information on the luncheon, bowl-making workshops or to buy a ticket, call 615-449-1856.

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