El Cajon bowled over with generosity

October 1, 2013 by  

Those El Cajon residents looking for a way to have fun and do a good deed at the same time might want to head over to Solana Beach in mid-October.

A delicious fundraiser will take place later this month at the Calvary Lutheran Church. ‘Empty Bowls’, as it is called, will combine soup prepared by local restaurants and handcrafted ceramic bowls. Attendees can choose which bowls they want their soup to be served in and then take the empty bowl home with them.

The event is to benefit the Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO), whose mission is to provide medical and mental health services, as well as meals, to those in need in downtown San Diego. A variety of San Diego eateries will provide the soup, as well as freshly baked bread for the event. Participating restaurants, together with the local artisans who produce the bowls, can benefit from the publicity and use the event to promote themselves via their stationery printing.

Empty Bowls is a fund raising device created by a Michigan art teacher in 1990. Locally, the event has raised more than $110,000 over the last few years. This year, TACO, will be helped by matching funds contributed by The North County Chapter of Thrivent Financial. Entertainment in the form of bluegrass and gypsy-jazz music will be performed by The Big Decisions. A donation of $20 is suggested to attend.

The fundraiser will take place on October 12, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.