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‘Empty Bowl Project’ Uses Art to Help Needy

on February 9, 2013 - 7:19am

Empty Bowls Project Chair Gillian Sutton discusses the annual event during Wednesday's FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Empty bowls on display along with Flowers By Gillian during Wednesday's FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Business people turned out for Wednesday's FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for the Empty Bowl Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

KSRN's David Sutton, Michaele Sutton and Gene Mortensen attend Wednesday's FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CHAMBER News:

Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos Historical Museum, Bandelier National Monument and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are collaborating to benefit those in need by hosting clay-related programming and encouraging artists to donate clay bowls for the 20th annual Empty Bowl Project event March 16.

Proceeds from the purchases of the clay bowls at the event benefit Self Help, Inc. – a non-profit organization that provides emergency housing, medicine and utilities for those in need around Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.

“The Empty Bowl Project gives us an opportunity to help our neighbors who may find themselves in an emergency situation,” said Gillian Sutton, Empty Bowl Coordinator and Vice President of Self Help Inc.’s board of directors. “Self Help, Inc. has assisted people from all walks of life – from families whose homes were burned in the Las Conchas fire to single mothers who are forced to choose between paying the rent or buying medication for a sick child. Self Help, Inc. has a fund that assists people during a momentary crisis, where they can walk in with a problem and walk out with a solution.”

The Empty Bowl Project’s March 16 event takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. For a minimum $15 donation, participants can pick a hand-painted bowl and enjoy a soup lunch donated by local restaurants.

A silent auction will follow and The Craig Martin Experience band, along with other local musicians, will add musical flavor to the event.

For more information or to make a tax deductible donation, visit selfhelpla.org or contact Sutton at 505-662-1490.

Longtime Los Alamos sports photographer John McHale, right, chats with 'Voice of the Hilltoppers' Gene Mortensen during Wednesday's FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, United Way Executve Director Kristy Ortega, Peggy Pendergast who provided bread pudding for Wednesday's FAN Club, Nancy Coombs, Michaele Sutton and Olivia Ortega. Gillian Sutton provided chili and posole. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Board President Carey Grzadzinski of the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Posse and Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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