Every spring, I look forward to attending the Empty Bowl Benefit at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada. The event is a collaboration of the Nevada Clay Guild and Las Vegas Catholic Worker. Together, they raise money to provide food to folks in the valley who might otherwise go without.
Each entity uses it strengths to create an interactive event that seems to get bigger every year.
Here is how it works.
Local potters donate bowls that they have made. What happens with these bowls? Attendees trade in their tickets for the bowl of their choice. There are so many bowls to choose from that choosing just one bowl can be too difficult. Luckily, the more tickets you buy, the more bowls you can take home with you.
The Catholic Worker sets up a soup buffet with all the fixings and serves lunch.
First, you head to the bowl washing station.
Then, pick the soup you would like to put into your brand new bowl.
Next, add extras to your soup like crackers and cheese.
Finally, find a table, relax and enjoy your soup.
That is not all. A live auction happens during the event and is a great opportunity to find unique artwork to take home.
They simultaneously hold a silent auction too.
There are expert balloon art and face painting volunteers to help with the event.
You can even purchase decorative cactus.
I love this creative event in Southern Nevada. It is a nice way to bring the community together to enjoy art, learn more about our community and support those in need. Keep an eye out for next year’s Empty Bowl Benefit (maybe even put it in your phone’s calendar right now so you don’t forget).