Feb 19, 2016 10:18 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The popular Empty Bowls benefit for the Torres Community Shelter in Chico is Thursday February 25th, in Lincoln Hall at Chico Senior High School.
It features beautiful ceramic bowls created by students across Chico as well as guests of the Torres Shelter. You can pick out a bowl, fill it with your choice of 24 different soups cooked up by area restaurants, and when you're done ... you can keep the bowl. There is also a raffle and silent auction.
Brad Montgomery, Director of the Torres Shelter, told Action News Now that while the community has stepped up to help with donations following the recent announcement of a financial crisis, the shelter is still not "out of the woods" just yet.
The shelter served more than 700 people last year ... and the fastest growing population it sees is homeless families with children. Last year it provided a safe place to stay for 54 families and 87 children.
Tickets to the Empty Bowls Benefit are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, but it could sell out. You can buy tickets at Zucchini & Vine and Christian & Johnson through 5 p.m. on February 24th.
There will be two seatings the night of the event ... one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Chico Unified School District, the Chico Unified Teachers Association and the Noon Rotary Club. For more information visit www.chicoshelter.org where you can also donate directly to the shelter.