VOA to Host “Filling the Empty Bowl”

The VOA Northern Rockies 3rd Annual Filling the Empty Bowl fundraiser takes place Wednesday, March 23rd at the Kalif Shrine Center in Sheridan.
The VOA Northern Rockies 3rd Annual Filling the Empty Bowl fundraiser takes place Wednesday, March 23rd at the Kalif Shrine Center in Sheridan.

The 3rd Annual VOA Empty Bowl fundraiser, now with the new moniker “Filling the Empty Bowl,” will take place Wednesday, March 23rd at the Kalif Shrine Center on Loucks Street in Sheridan.

The fundraiser has grown each year in support of the services at the Community Homeless Shelter. Gary Kopsa is the Director of Ministry and Outreach with Volunteers of America. He comments.

The bowls have been hand-crafted and donated by many volunteers around Sheridan. Director of Community Affairs for the VOA, Ethan Boone, explains.

Soups and chili will be made and donated by the VOA's Catering for a Cause, many VOA staff members, the culinary arts programs at Sheridan High and Tongue River High Schools, First Baptist Church and the United Methodist Church. Bethesda Worship Center is providing homemade bread.

There will be games for the children and dance music to work off the calories of the all-you-can eat dinner, provided by Dave Munsick, Tom Saur and Julie Szewc.

Doors open at 6 pm. Cost is $10 for adults, students under 18 pay $5, and children under 5 eat for no charge. Families can pay a $20 admission fee, a real bargain. Tickets will be sold at the door, or can be purchased in advance at the VOA's administrative office at 1876 South Sheridan Avenue.

Major event sponsors are Sheridan Media, First Federal Savings Bank and Top Office Products.

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