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Empty Bowls serve as reminder

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Event raises awareness, money for those who do without

By Gina Clear

For Linda Funk and the rest of Warm Blessing’s Soup Kitchen staff, the message for Saturday’s fundraising event is clear: For some people, their bowls are empty.

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The soup kitchen’s second Empty Bowls fundraiser is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and an auction of ceramic bowls crafted by community leaders begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include servings of soup donated by area businesses, salad, dessert and drinks.

“The reason we’re doing this is to help people who are struggling financially,” said Funk, executive director for the kitchen. “Some are having trouble making ends meet and we want to be there for them.”

The kitchen also delivers food Mondays and Thursdays to 41 homebound seniors, Funk said. Money raised also will help pay for construction of a parking lot at the facility.

When the soup kitchen hosted the fundraiser in 2012, they collected more than $13,000 and the event went over very well, she said.

“There was standing-room-only last time,” Funk said, adding the kitchen can accommodate 99 diners at a time. “It was a full house.”

Ceramic bowls patrons eat from are crafted by members of Rineyville Baptist Church and serve as reminders that some do without when it comes to food.

“The event takes a lot of preparation,” Funk said. “It’s very time consuming getting the bowls made, but we had an awful lot of fun making them.”

Several community leaders also donated time to craft bowls – which requires molding them from clay and then returning to paint the bowls once they’ve been fired – and donate them for auction.

“They’re all works of art,” Funk said about the community leaders’ bowls. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Without the support of the community, Funk said the dinner and auction would be impossible to pull off.

“I’m so grateful to the community by helping us get bowls and be supportive of us with their time and effort,” she said.

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen is at 609 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown. Parking at the kitchen is limited, and patrons are encouraged to park across the street at Coldwell Banker.

For more information, call 270-763-9276.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.