Empty Bowls, warm hearts | AspenTimes.com

Empty Bowls, warm hearts

Dear Editor:On Wednesday, March 9, more than 475 people from the community gathered at Bumps to share a simple meal of delicious soup, fresh bread and yummy desserts. There was fabulous music provided by the Aspen High School Orchestra and students from the Aspen Community School. Guests chose a bowl from more than 430 beautiful bowls that were handmade by the Aspen Middle School and Aspen Community School students, for their soup and to take home as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. More than $4,700 was raised and will be donated to Feed the Children. Everyone who participated in Empty Bowls left with a full tummy, a warm heart and a nourished soul. In addition to a wonderful community event, this fund-raiser was low impact, due to the fact that guests used handmade clay bowls, spoons donated by The Thrift Shop, and camping cups; the only disposable trash was napkins. More than 475 people ate dinner and produced fewer than two bags of trash. This is a reflection of the incredible community in which we live.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. Thank you to the Aspen High School Orchestra and Nancy Beyea for giving us the pleasure of their music.The following businesses were incredibly generous: Little Annie’s, Red Onion, Boogie’s, Woody Creek Tavern, Steak Pit, Willow Creek Bistro/The Ritz, Poppycocks, Granna Bread, Il Poggio, Pine Creek Cook House, Paradise Bakery and Louis Swiss. Special thanks to all the amazing volunteers and parents who donated time energy and food. Special thanks to Henrieta and Barry for letting us use Bumps and all their staff. This project was partially funded by the Aspen Education Foundation and KN Energy.We want to thank everyone involved in this project. The students gained an understanding of giving from the heart and the value of helping others. Rae LampeBasalt

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