By Ashlyn Rhodes
For the past nine years, Nevada County’s Hospitality House has hosted the annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser. This year’s benefit meal took place last Saturday and was a huge success, according to Hospitality House’s Development Director Joanna Robinson.
Every year, local potters donate bowls to the event so anyone who comes to eat walks away with a unique hand-made work of art. Robinson says this year’s donations were just as overwhelming as every year.
Over 5000 people came out for the benefit and over $25,000 were raised. The event was such a success in part due to the three matching donations that were made– two $2500 donations and one $1000 donation were offered if event organizers could match them.
Since it started, Hospitality House has found permanent housing for 223 people. They’ve also helped to shelter and feed Nevada County’s homeless, as well as offering moral and emotional support, life skills classes, and health and wellness workshops. The non-profit relies heavily on community donations and will be organizing a benefit folk concert March 29 at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters in Grass Valley.
You can learn more or help donate by going online to hhshelter.org.