The 15th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit for Hospitality House returned for September with a new, restaurant-hosted format, filling bowls with hope for the homeless community. The fundraiser raised nearly $ 30,000 for Hospitality House to directly help people affected by homelessness get emergency shelter, groceries, case management, housing assistance, medical recovery and more.
The event’s success was largely made possible by the artist community, who continue to create and donate hundreds of bowls year after year. Seven restaurants, including Sopa Thai Cuisine, Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro, Lola at The National Exchange Hotel, Golden Gate Saloon at The Holbrooke Hotel, fudenjüce, Heartwood Eatery, and Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., all hosted the event, which followed from hundreds of locals who supported the event, business sponsors, and event donors and volunteers.
“When we made a major shift in our event format to increase security, we didn’t know what to expect in terms of interest or engagement, but our community came through in droves as always,” said Ashley Quadros, development manager and event planner at the inn. “Many ticket holders took part in our flash art sale to expand their bowl collections, while others went out of their way to pamper their favorite restaurant with food and drink, creating a domino effect of community support and camaraderie.”
Empty bowl serves as a constant reminder of what a simple bowl of soup and food really means to someone who is hungry and struggling on the street with nowhere to call home. In 2020, the Hospitality House served over 70,000 meals, and every meal offered was met with gratitude by local residents in need, such as current homeless shelters, Mark Burton. Once a successful five house business owner, Burton became homeless after a series of unfortunate events. In June 2021, he turned to the Hospitality House for help and was received by caring staff who offered stability and support without judgment. Today, Burton maintains his sobriety and case managers have connected him to much-needed medical services, resulting in hernia surgery and ongoing chiropractic treatment. Burton is relearning his self-esteem and benefiting from case management, the computer skills training program offered at the shelter, and being a janitor (someone who helps with day-to-day operations). Burton is finally healing the mind and body. Every day he takes another step towards self-sufficiency and permanent living, and one day he will get there because of the Empty Bowl patrons and other donors in the community. To read Burton’s full story, visit hhshelter.org/news.
Additional support for Empty Bowl came from generous local business sponsors including: BriarPatch Food Co-op, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, SPD Markets, Telestream, LLC, Chapa-De Indian Health, YubaNet, Pawnie’s Home Care, Caseywood, AJA Video Systems, County of Nevada (Better Together), Northern California Mortgage Co., Nevada County Association of Realtors, The Union, Whitewater Naturopathic Medicine, Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service, KVMR, Clientworks, Law Office of Minor and Keene, and Fore Dental Care.
Event attendees are invited to take a short survey to share their feedback and experiences, available at https://arcg.is/uizqq. To support the efforts of Hospitality House, donations are always welcome and can be mailed to 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945. In addition, Hospitality House is currently looking for angel donors and business sponsors, so a triple match for the 16th Night of Giving, a small virtual music treat for Hospitality House, is planned for this December. Become an angel donor for just $ 500. Those interested in helping or for more information are invited to contact Development Manager Ashley Quadros at [email protected] or by calling 530-615-0852.
Source: Hospitality House
Mark Burton was having hard times but found hope in the Hospitality House to turn his life around.
Photo by Christina Apkarian of Hospitality House