DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX – Started two decades ago as a small soup fundraising event with a handful of volunteers and some good-hearted folks, Dripping Springs and North Hays County area residents will soon come out in full force for the 20th consecutive year to support the Annual Empty Bowls Project. Because of a rapidly growing region and an outpouring of community support to assist the local food bank, Dripping Springs Helping Hands, Inc., the event will be held this year at a much bigger venue than it was in years past. On Sunday, October 29th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center, participants will raise money to feed Dripping Springs’ hungry while enjoying gourmet soups, breads, and live music.
“It is a great problem to have so many folks wanting to help their neighbors in need that we had to move our event to a larger facility,” Helping Hands volunteer and event organizer Kristi Greene said. “At Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center, we will have more space and parking to meet the requirements of our family-friendly event and of course, the event will be able to go on rain or shine.”
For a donation of only $25 per person, attendees can choose a ceramic bowl from more than 1,500 unique creations in all sizes, shapes and colors designed by dozens of Hill Country potters, The Art Garage, as well as local schools. Each person can fill their bowls with a serving of the tastiest soups from more than 30 of the finest restaurants in Austin and Dripping Springs. After enjoying a wonderful meal of delicious soup, bread, and dessert, listening to live music, and visiting with friends and neighbors, guests can take their commemorative bowl home as a reminder that others have empty bowls and go to bed hungry each night.
Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization that has been serving North Hays County for more than 31 years. The organization provides a food pantry for the region and a framework of compassionate care designed to meet neighbors in their time of need, regardless of their age, creed or ethnic origin. Helping Hands operates with an all-volunteer board and more than 100 people who give their time to help others. In 2016, the organization spent $28,500 to buy food for families. They also provided $35,600 in financial assistance for housing, utilities, transportation, school supplies and their holiday gift program for kids.
Greene says the Empty Bowls Project raises more than 60 percent of the Helping Hands annual budget. “The success of this fundraiser is so important to our organization being able to assist clients when they have nowhere else to turn to for help.”
Live music will be provided by The Hill Country Ramblers, Alex Dormont, Chad and Natasha Hudson and Bill Paige.
The Empty Bowls Project is honored to have as its top sponsors: Sunset Canyon Baptist Church, Wilson AC and Appliance, Belterra Village, Panera Bread, The Art Garage, Pinkwest Aesthetics, June and Jim Baumoel, Randy Van Camp, CPA, LLC, Dripping Springs Lions Club, Heather H. Bobb, DDS, FICOI, Mike and Maggie Castleman, State Rep. Jason Isaac, Adair Dentistry- Drs. Laura and Allen Adair, Drippin’ Towin’ Service, Inc., Terry Garnett’s Propane, Jean and Bill Avera, Carlson, Brigance and Doering, Inc., Crystal Clear Window Cleaning, Dan White’s Screens & Things, Jay and Crystal Emmons, HEB, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church and School, Gavin and Cristel Loftus, David Smith and Peggy Murphy, Laura and John Payne, Polo Tennis and Fitness Club, Prosperity Bank, Supreme Hardwood Floors, and Terri Wood.
To learn more about Dripping Springs Helping Hands, Inc., please look online at www.helpinghands-drippingsprings.org.