Tick­ets on sale for YWCA Empty Bowls fundraiser

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JA­SON BAIN EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER jabain@post­media.com

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.

JA­SON BAIN/EX­AM­INER

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.

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