Empty Bowls to offer hope and lunch

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By The Staff

You can have some hot and steamy fun with the staff of Self Help on Saturday as they host the 17th annual Empty Bowl event.


Self Help Inc., has helped fill many empty bowls, heat homes and light the fire of inspiration for Northern New Mexico’s needy since 1969.

Through the generous donations of time, talent and funds, the staff of Self Help has provided consultation service, advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.

Residents can contribute to his fundraiser by donating bread or cookies for the big day, which can be taken to the KRSN AM 1490 studios at 145 Central Park Square or dropped off from 5-7 p.m. Friday or           8 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

KRSN Owners Dave and Gillian Sutton have spearheaded the fundraising efforts for the past two years, helping to streamline the process, increase community participation and promote the good works of Self Help in and around the region.

Gillian has fired up the kilns and energized her mobile painting parties to ensure that some                         900 bowls will be displayed during the event, which will be held from 11 a.m.-         2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

“Gillian is the quintessential organizer and is someone who supports many positive endeavors in our community,” Ellen Morris, executive director of Self Help, Inc, said. “As a Board member and organizer of the Empty Bowls Project in both 2009 and 2010, she has worked very hard to promote the mission of Self Help, Inc. while continuing one of Los Alamos’ most enjoyable fundraisers. My hat is off to her.”

Gillian’s bowl creators this year included Los Alamos Public Schools art departments, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos art department, Betty Ehart Senior Center quilters, artists from the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Nuclear Poets, Jewish Center and Girl Scouts.

Both the Los Alamos and White Rock wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, United Church, White Rock Methodist Church, Unitarian Church, White Rock Baptist Church as well as many home-hosted painting parties have offered assistance.

“Restaurants that have agreed to donate soup and bread include the Fabulous 50’s Diner, Best Western Hilltop House, Bandelier Grill, Los Alamos Medical Center, DeColores, Coffee Booth Café, Viola’s, Decadent Table, Central Avenue Grill, Papa Murphy’s, Ruby K’s, Tea World, Subway, Home Run Pizza and I am hoping for more,” Sutton said.

Hot Rocks Café, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ and Smith’s Food and Drug are also helping to increase the success by making contributions.

These businesses’ contributions include soup, bread and cookies, which are available for $10. Patrons will also receive a hand-painted bowl.

“Local artists are still  be needed to donate handmade bowls if anyone wishes to help Self Help Inc.,” Sutton said.

Sutton has also arranged for Winney Berry and Tom Oliphant, Jan McDonald and Donna Smith, The Four 5ths and The Roaring Jellies to provide entertainment.

Self Help, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, a member agency of the United Way of Northern New Mexico and is funded through grants as well as private and public contributions. Through these funds, the organization is able to support those who need help the most, during emergencies or in the quest to become economically self-sufficient. To learn more, visit www.SelfHelpLA.com or call 662-4666. Those wishing to donate time or items for the Empty Bowl event can call Sutton at 663-1490.