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Warm Blessings had raised about $12,000 by Tuesday morning through the organization’s first Empty Bowls fundraiser Saturday.
Donations continued to trickle in after the event, pushing the total higher than the estimated $10,500 at the fundraiser.
Donations are meant to go to paying principle on the mortgage of Warm Blessings’ building on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, where people in need can get food, take showers and wash their clothes.
Linda Funk, Warm Blessings executive board chairwoman, said the event had standing room only and surpassed her expectations.
“It was so fun,” she said. “We had a packed house of people who seemed to enjoy themselves. The live auction was just a real event to watch.”
Any donor who gave $15 received a ceramic handmade bowl made by organization volunteers. Warm Blessings also auctioned other bowls created by area leaders.
Auction hosts made the event fun, there were more people than expected and the event ran smoothly, Funk said.
“I believe we are doing a work that God wants us to do, and he blesses us with good favor,” she said.
Funk said the community is full of compassionate people who recognize living in poverty and having few resources is a disadvantage, and they have shown their support of Warm Blessings’ mission to help people in need.
Good planning also allowed the event to run smoothly, Funk said.
“I just look at the minute details when I’m planning anything and leave nothing unturned, and it pays off,” she said.
The event also thrived because of hard work from volunteers, Funk said.
“Without them, it really wouldn’t happen,” she said.
The fundraiser’s success means it likely will take place again, Funk said.
“I’m actually already planning next year,” she said. “It was just a lot of fun, and we look forward to doing it again.”
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746.