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The following article was posted on October 17th, 2012, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 32 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 32

Fill bowls and fill stomachs

BY ALLEN ACHTERBERG

Everyone can relate to the feeling of hunger; some know it as a constant struggle in their daily life. In efforts to defeat hunger, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will be host to its 11th annual Santa Maria Empty Bowls charity fundraiser event at the Santa Maria Fairpark on Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event promises a fun and exciting way to help those in need.


Beautiful bowls:
The 11th annual Empty Bowls benefiting the Santa Barbara County Foodbank will be held on Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Fairpark.
PHOTO COURTEST OF THE FOODBANK OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

For a $25 donation, attendees will start off with their pick of a unique empty handcrafted bowl, and then fill it with gourmet soup to enjoy as they check their raffle tickets to see if they’re the winner.

Raffle Extravaganza is a new addition to this year’s fundraiser and will feature a wide assortment of items, varying from gift certificates to smart phones and even airline tickets—donations provided by local merchants and sponsors of the event. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the door, and guests will be able to select from a wide variety of themed baskets for a chance to win.

Guests can take their handcrafted bowls home so the vessels can serve as reminders of how everyone helped combat hunger in the community. Last year alone, the Foodbank provided food to more than 57,000 people in Santa Maria, and more than four million pounds of food were delivered to local residents.

Serving as this year’s honorary chairperson, Susan Righetti invites the community to enjoy gourmet soups prepared by local chefs, bowls creatively crafted by local artists, and the Raffle Extravaganza to help end hunger. The continued success of Empty Bowls is a result of the community's embrace. All proceeds from this event go toward meeting the food needs of local residents.

Tickets are available online at foodbanksbc.org or at any of the following places in Santa Maria: Community Bank of Santa Maria locations, Santa Maria Country Club, Town Center Gallery, and the Foodbank. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Foodbank at 937-3422, Ext. 104. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event. For sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact Judi Monte at the Foodbank at 937-3422, Ext. 106.

Intern Allen Achterberg compiled this week’s Community Corner. He can be contacted at intern@santamariasun.com.