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Empty Bowl benefit takes new direction

Submitted by Ashley Quadro
The Gold Country Woodturners donated 150 turned wood bowls to the Empty Bowls benefit for Hospitality House. These and other handmade pottery bowls will be available at the March 14 fundraiser.
Submitted David H. Nelson

The 14th annual Empty Bowl benefit for Hospitality House returns March 14 to Peace Lutheran Church to raise support for individuals struggling with homelessness. But amid growing concerns of coronavirus, the event is “bowling” in a new direction out of caution and safety for the community.

Participants with tickets will still have an opportunity to hand-select beautiful bowls this Saturday at their designated event seating time outside the church, but to err on the side of caution, scheduled activities inside the church have been canceled.

To lessen the possibility of exposure and to increase safety, Hospitality House is pro-actively moving the event outdoors into the parking lot of Peace Lutheran, rain or shine, for event attendees to hand-select their bowls in a large open space and clean air environment to reduce health risks.

With these changes, food and drinks will no longer be served, and homeless guest testimonials have been canceled. Event participants will still have an opportunity to participate in a raffle to win amazing prizes, such as a trip to South Lake Tahoe, gift cards to Friar Tuck’s, Sopa Thai Cuisine, New Moon, Wild Eye Pub as well as an opportunity win one-of-a-kind art pieces, not available in local stores. Donations on site will gladly be accepted with all proceeds supporting the homeless shelter.

Tickets are still on sale at HHshelter.org, at BriarPatch Food Co-op and at Bread & Roses Thrift and More. Patrons with tickets should still arrive in their designated event time window of either 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., or 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Individuals unable to attend Empty Bowl are encouraged to make a donation to help Hospitality House take preventive steps to lessen the likelihood of illness at the shelter and to help as many people as possible receive food and care at times of uncertainty.


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