Empty Bowls brings in $3K to battle hunger in the Hills

The Deadwood Social Club was filled with Empty Bowls attendees Wednesday night; collectively, they brought in $3,000 to battle hunger in the Northern Hills. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

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DEADWOOD — Bowls were anything but bare at Wednesday night’s Empty Bowls event, as the Deadwood Social Club kitchen crew whipped up no less than 60 gallons of steaming hot soup and preliminary numbers indicate attendees collectively donated around $3,000 for a cause heartily carried forth by the Lead Deadwood Arts Center.

“This includes $2,600 from ticket sales and approximately $500 from the BHSU Shutterbuzz silent auction,” said Lead Deadwood Arts Center Executive Director Karen Everett.

Bowls and hearts were both brimming over at this most delicious show of community camaraderie.

“The event was a huge success. It’s a great example of the generosity of people from the Deadwood Social Club, to the artists and students who donated the bowls, to those attending,” Everett said. “So many people say ‘keep the change!’ It’s a great feeling when event founder, Jerry Rawlings, and I get to present checks to the Lord’s Cupboard in Lead and the Spearfish Food Bank right before the holidays. It’s just a feel-good event.”

With the soup selection super ramped up this year, the slate included such offerings as wild mushroom, chipotle chicken, spicy steak wild rice, cream of tomato, vegan, lemon chicken, bacon and yam, and even more than that. The red chicken chili was to die for. 

“We love this event even more now that the LeadDeadwood Arts Council is involved,” said Deadwood Social Club owner Louie Lalonde. “It’s been a wonderful week in our kitchen as all of our kitchen staff is creating their special recipe and trying everyone else’s. It’s great team building. I hope we will always have the honor of hosting Empty Bowls.”

And Empty Bowls wouldn’t be Empty Bowls without the involvement and dedication of local students, who spend months creating the eagerly anticipated, agonized, and ogled over obligatory pottery bowls. 

“The Lead-Deadwood High School Art Club is delighted to contribute to the annual Empty Bowls,” said Art Teacher Oliver Burgoyne. “Empty Bowls allows our students to showcase their artistic talents, while helping out their community. It takes us most of the school year to provide enough pottery for this event. This is the third year of the partnership with us and the Lead Deadwood Arts Center. We hope to contribute to the Empty Bowls event for many more years to come.”

Proceeds from Empty Bowls are evenly split between the Spearfish Food Pantry and the Lord’s Cupboard in Lead.

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