Vail Daily letter: Successful fundraiser |

Vail Daily letter: Successful fundraiser

Dan Smith
Vail, CO, Colorado

More than 450 people came to the Empty Bowl luncheon “a la soup kitchen” to help fill the Salvation Army’s food pantry. The sold-out event raised more than $12,600 in both ticket sales and donations, and all proceeds will be used to provide food for valley residents in need.

Before 2008, the Salvation Army was able to operate its food pantry with donated food, just about matching people in need. But in 2009 and thus far in 2010, those in need have grown to around 300 per month. In addition to donated food, the organization in the past 12 months has purchased more than $80,000 worth of food to fill the gap. The proceeds from this event, along with continued donations of food, should keep Eagle County residents fed into next year.

The event was organized by a group of local women including Diana Mathias, Terry Smith, Annie Breckheimer, Nolvia Griffith and Tsu Wolin-Brown as well as many of their friends. Members of several local organizations also provided volunteers, including Beaver Creek Food Services, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the Vail Board of Realtors, the Eagle County Ambulance District and Vail Mountain Rescue. Potters and others donated bowls, while local restaurants provided soups, breads and desserts. Potters include Ann Loper, Margie Westerman and the Lake County Potters, Kate Wasson and the Denver Guild of Potters, Debbie and Lauren and Alpine Arts Center, Colleen Everett, Howard Tuthill, Katy Taylor, Willow Murphy, Dan Lauren and CMC Potters.

Donors of the delicious soups, breads and desserts include Larkspur, Spago, Ti Amo, Golden Eagle Inn, Daniel Truchard, Sonnenalp, Mi Zuppa, Broken Arrow, Beaver Creek Mountain Restaurants, Westside Cafe, Alpenrose, Columbine Bakery, Avon Bakery and Heidi’s Deli. Donors of various support services include Vail Resorts, Broken Arrow Cafe, Slifer Smith and Frampton, Vail Daily, TV8, NRC Broadcasting, KZYR, Joanne Morgan Graphic Design, the 4-H Sewing Group, Vail Valley Cares, Old Gypsum Printer, Snappy Print in Colorado Springs and the Eagle-Vail Recreation District.

We would like to thank the many generous people who contributed an extra donation and participated in our “Peoples’ Choice” tasting competition. The winner of the “Peoples’ Choice” was the Colorado corn soup provided by Larkspur Restaurant in Vail. Very close behind was a tie for second between the sweet corn and poblano soup from the Golden Eagle in Beaver Creek and the chicken tortilla soup from the Broken Arrow Restaurant in Arrowhead.

Congratulations, and thank you to all who participated!

Dan Smith

Salvation Army

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