Empty Bowls fundraiser on tap

Don’t forget your tickets for the sixth annual Empty Bowl event.United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is gearing up for the annual event, which will be held at Dora Roberts Community Center on Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event was previously held in the First Christian Church fellowship hall.“This has been one of our biggest fundraisers that has continued to see growth and we have reached the point where we have outgrown our original building,” Executive Director Sandy Stewart said. “This year we decided to move the event in order to accommodate all those who want to attend since we had trouble with seating last year.”Empty Bowls was started in Big Spring by Pastor Ken McIntosh as a way to not only support the local United Way, but to draw attention to the ever growing problem of hunger throughout the nation. The empty bowls, created by community members, that will be used at the event represent the thousands of bowls that are left empty around the world.“This is a way that the community can come together and not only support a good cause locally, but can also pause for a moment and remember an even bigger issue exists in the world,” Stewart said.Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the United Way office, located at 215 W. Third, for $20 per person. With each ticket purchase is the ability to take home a one-of-a-kind bowl, created by members of the community.“There are no two bowls alike and each one has their own little unique design,” Stewart said. “It is neat to see all the different designs that people create and the best part is that you get to take one of the bowls home as a reminder of the hunger problem facing our nation.”This year, there will be more than nine soups to choose from during Empty Bowls. Some of the former chefs will be returning, along with a few new faces.Once again, there will be an auction on a select group of bowls.“We want to encourage everyone to get their tickets now because we usually sell out. We want to make sure everyone who wants one has a chance at attending the event,” Stewart said. “We have a bigger venue this year, more chefs and once again, lots of unique bowls. It is going to be an event not to be missed.”For more information, contact Stewart at 432-267-5201.