Tickets on sale for YWCA Empty Bowls fundraiser
This year’s YWCA Empty Bowls fundraiser will continue to offer some added flexibility when it returns to The Venue later this month – the option of ordering takeout.
Tickets for the Feb. 23 lunchtime event, which supports the YWCA JustFood and Crossroads Shelter Nutritional Wellbeing program, went on sale Thursday as organizers hosted a launch at title sponsor Kawartha Cardiology Clinic on Charlotte St.
There,to-gosponsorCornerstone Family Dentistry owner Dr. Anna Jo pointed out how the option added last year to pick up a preordered lunch creates a win-win, allowing supporters to help the community while lessening the impact on busy schedules.
Guests will receive a lunch of soups, salads, breads and desserts donated by local restaurants and may select a hand-crafted bowl, created and donated by local artisans of the Kawartha Potters Guild, Kawartha Wood Turners Guild and Artisans Centre Peterborough, or a charitable tax receipt from YWCA Peterborough Haliburton.
The takeout option may particularly appeal to long-time supporters, who after more than a decade of the event, might feel they own enough of the bowls, YWCA director of philanthropy and communications Jen Cureton joked.
The Crossroads Shelter serves more than 26,000 meals each year, but the program isn’t just about making sure people aren’t hungry. It’s about fostering food literacy, by helping participants acquire skills to help them prepare healthier food, she said.
“We don’t just want to feed them, but help them learn more so that they are in a better place,” Cureton explained. “Food access is really important when it comes to food security, and these two programs provide just that.”
New this year are early bird tickets ($45) that allow guests exclusive access before Empty Bowls begins, for best selection of lunch options and bowls.
Tickets for the event always sell out quickly, Kawartha Cardiology Clinic manager Jennifer Fraser said, encouraging those who wish to take part to buy them as soon as they can.
For 35 years, the clinic has been committed to improving cardiac health, so boosting access to healthy, nutritional food – including plenty of fruits and vegetables – is key, she said, pointing out how she and husband Dr. Bill Hughes are honoured to support the effort.
NOTES: The event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m .... Tickets are available for $35 ($45 for early birds) at www.ywcagifts.com or by calling 705-743-3526 and at the YWCA administrative office at 216 Simcoe St .... For more information, call YWCA Peterborough Haliburton at 705-743-3526, email info@ywcapeterborough. org or visit www.ywcapeterborough.org.
Displaying handcrafted bowls to promote the upcoming YWCA Empty Bowls fundraiser are, from left, YWCA Peterborough-Haliburton director of philanthropy and communications Jen Cureton, Cornerstone Family Dentistry owner Dr. Anna Jo, Kawartha Cardiology Clinic manager Jennifer Fraser and Swish director of human resources Brenda Strath as tickets went on sale on Wednesday for the Feb. 23 annual event.