Third Annual Empty Bowls Dinner tabbed a success
Empty Bowls, through Merrill Noon Optimists, is celebrating another successful fundraising dinner.
Over the past three years, the group has raised over $16,000 for Food For Kids. This year’s donation will once again be over $5,600.
“Our community never disappoints when asked for help. So many businesses and individuals give freely to help others. It’s wonderful to be a part of that,” said Jeni Hinz, Empty Bowls chair. “We have an amazing group of volunteers on our committee and also helping with the dinner. Countless hours are put into this project each year from organizational meetings, painting bowls and mugs at Studio 808 and fundraising events at local restaurants such as Los Mezcales, Culver’s and The Grandstand.”
The Empty Bowls committee would like to thank all sponsors and donors. Silver Spoon sponsors- Koblitz Law Office, Bein’ Crafty, Dr. Ronald Piffl, Lighthouse Storage, Grandpa’s Farm and Lana & Steve Strasman.
Golden Ladle sponsors-Mark & Irene Mehlos, Ziebell’s Door Company, Oakpark Dental, Merrill Area Farmers Market, Merrill Ice Reflections Figure Skating Club, Central Carpet & Flooring, WJJQ Radio, Rezin Optical LLC, and the VFW.
Tin Cup sponsors- Merrill Police Association, Z-Best Car Wash, Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, Mbank, Rock Ridge Apartments, DBA Penkert Properties, Merrill Area United Way, Waid Funeral Home, Merrill Ice Draggers Inc. Eagle’s Club, and Merrill Community Bank.
Bronze Bowl sponsors- Ken Rich and Sharon Schmidt, Pinno Buildings, Eye Clinic of Wisconsin, Church Mutual, Weinbrenner, and Elgin Fastener Group/Northern Wire.
Jethro Big Bowl sponsors- Tactical Search & Recruitment, Jim Finucan, and Studio 808.
Special thanks to Shelby Dzwonkowski at Studio 808 and the Grandstand for continued support; Mark Bares for the use of Les and Jim’s banquet hall; Culver’s and Los Mezcales for their amazing donations; Colleen Bostrom at Hugo’s for our special dinner, and the delicious sauce and breadsticks; and Winchester for sharing the gift of music.
We are grateful for your support over the years.
Food for Kids helps families by taking a bit of the burden away from daily life. The goal for Food for Kids is that no child should ever go hungry. Each donation and fundraiser helps them get one step closer to expanding this program to more schools and reaching more children.