Full bowls, full hearts
Dear Editor:On Wednesday, March 8, over 650 people from the community gathered at Bumps at the base of Buttermilk to share a simple meal of delicious soup, fresh bread and yummy desserts. Guests chose a bowl from hundreds of beautiful ceramic bowls that were handmade by Aspen Country Day School, 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. There was music provided by Community School students, and the party was great fun for all. Over $6,800 was raised and 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.In addition to a wonderful community event, this fundraiser was low-impact, due to the fact that guests used handmade clay bowls, spoons donated by the Thrift Shop, and cups from the schools. The leftover food was collected for slop for the pigs at Rock Bottom Ranch; the only disposable trash was napkins.This event had a huge community turnout and participation from every student at all three schools, over 700 children, 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.Thank you to Bumps. Henries and Barry were very generous. 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 and teachers who created art from their hearts. The following businesses were incredibly generous: Bumps, Little Annie’s, Poppycock’s, Steak Pit, Iguana’s, Jour De Fete, Little Nell, Woody Creek Tavern, Café Bernard, Louis Swiss Bakery, Snowmass Village Market, Johnny McGuire’s deli, Red Onion, City Market (El Jebel), Boogie’s Diner, Pine Creek Cookhouse, Main Street Bakery, Paradise, Two Rivers Café, Willow Creek Bistro, Butcher’s Block, Campo De Fiori, Il Poggio, Catherine’s Bakery, Aspen High School Café, Aspen Country Day School, Aspen Middle School and Aspen Community School.Special thanks to all the amazing volunteers and parents who donated time energy and food. This project was partially funded by the Aspen Education Foundation and KN Energy.We the art teachers 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 Lampe, Aspen Middle SchoolHilary Forsyth, Aspen Community SchoolPaula Ponto, Aspen Country Day School
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Lift-Up has helped feed hungry families in the Roaring Fork Valley for 38 years, but experienced in a surge in demand this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is making changes to meet the demand and address allegations of incidents of discrimination.