Empty Bowls filled with gratitude for community | AspenTimes.com

Empty Bowls filled with gratitude for community

Dear Editor:

The eighth annual Empty Bowls Dinner was a huge success!

On March 7, more than 680 people from our community gathered at Bumps at the base of Buttermilk to share a simple meal of delicious soup, fresh bread and yummy desserts. Guests chose from more than 700 beautiful ceramic bowls – which were handmade by students at Aspen Middle School, Aspen Community School and Aspen Country Day School – for their soup and to take home as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world.

There was music provided by the Aspen Middle School fifth-grade choir, the Aspen Community School Band and the band Rewind, which rocked the house! Of course the party was great fun for all. More than $6,000 will be donated to the local charity Lift-Up.

Everyone who participated in Empty Bowls left with a full tummy, a warm heart and a nourished soul. This event had a huge community turnout and participation from the students at all three schools, which is a reflection of the incredible community in which we live. We are so fortunate that our community supports the arts and its children.

Special thanks to a very generous grant from the Thrift Shop of Aspen and its dedication to education, the arts and community service. Thank you to Bumps! Henrietta, Ian and their staff were extremely generous, helpful and wonderful in every way. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who gave time, energy and donations to make the Empty Bowls project happen.

Thank you to all the students who created art from their hearts.

The following businesses were incredibly generous: Bumps, Maroon Creek Club, In the Soup, Woody Creek Tavern, Johnny McGuire’s, Finbarr’s, Taster’s, Aspen High School Cafe, Aspen Middle School, Aspen Country Day School Cafe, Louis Swiss Bakery, Paradise Bakery, Butcher’s Block, Jour De Fete, Sage, Cache Cache, Jimmy’s, Little Annie’s and the Caribou Club.

We, the art teachers, want to thank everyone involved in this project: our restaurant sponsors who donated; our parents, colleagues and friends who gave time, energy and cookies; and last, but not least, the students who created art and gained an understanding of giving from the heart and the value of helping others.

Rae Lampe, Aspen Middle School

Hilary Forsyth, Aspen Community School

Paula Ponto, Aspen Country Day School

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