Vail Valley Scenery: Empty Bowls filled to help locals
EDWARDS — For some people, putting food on the table for their family is a constant challenge.
Fortunately, the local Salvation Army is there with a stocked food kitchen to help. On Aug. 7, hundreds of people pitched in $20 to help by attending the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Battle Mountain High School. And for that 20 bucks, each attendee walked away not only with a full belly, but also with a handmade bowl created by Margie Westerman, Colorado Mountain College potters, the Alpine Arts Center or the Crazed Peacock.
Hundreds of people attended, and many volunteered, from young to old.
“It’s a snapshot of the community that we are a part of,” said local Lynn Chapin. “It’s who we are and we want to help.”
Many of the valley’s fine restaurants donated the food, including Tavern on the Square, Cucina, Golden Eagle, Sonnenalp, Vail Resorts, Splendido, Grouse Mountain Grill, Avon Bakery & Deli, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, Alpenrose and Westside Cafe.
Sophia Delappa helped out for her first time.
“It’s something different to do,” she said, adding that helping an organization that might help out her fellow students was special to her, too.