Empty Bowl Community Luncheon 2014 Thank You!

$30,000 Raised!

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to make our 3rd Empty Bowls event a success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.  Save the date, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015!

More than 800 bowls of soup were served thanks to local artists, restaurants and community volunteers.

Thank you all for your caring support.

And here are some great shots, taken by Vivian Krug of Emotions Photography and Gifts.

Click here to view the complete photo album.

We’d like to extend our thanks to the following for their generous sponsorship of the event:

Union Bank, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church, Pacific Gas and Electric, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Coasthills Federal Credit Union, County Board of Supervisors, MidAmerican Solar, Coastal Community Builders, Martin Resorts, Altrusa Intl. Cinco Ciudades, Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande, Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery, Stifel – The Cohl Hosick Group, Pacific Eye, SLOCO Data, Brad’s Restaurant, Bernard and Lynette Horton, Anita Shower and Robert Robert,  and Keller Williams.

Additional sponsors include Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic Sure Mortgage Solutions South County Youth Coalition Five Cities CPA’s Bill Senna’s Insurance Services Temple of the People Rudolph & Anne Bachmann Lenny Jones Real Estate Broker Allan Real Estate Investments Jeff Johnson.

Raffle donors include Talley Farms & Talley Vineyards, Bob Nichols, Rose Bartlett, Pacifica Hotel Company, Tolosa Winery & Vineyards, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, Wednesday Bible Study, Discovery Dining, Sierra Body Shop, Rutiz Farms, Pismodise, Rancho Nipomo BBQ, Rich Lasiewski – Canyon Art, Polly Fitzgerald, Kathy & David Deniz, SLO Veg, Bonnie Werring -Playing with Fire, Couples’ Bible Study, Kathy Wright, Lynn Kaloian, CCF Investments Inc., Verena’s Go Gourmet, Robert Anderson, DDS, Rudy & Anne Bachmann – SLO Gardens, Lanie Kozie, Anne R. Allen, Shell Beach Floral Design, David Congalton & Charlotte Alexander, Gretchen Anderson.

We would also like to recognize the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for their belief in our cause and long-standing support to make our vision a reality.

We would especially like to recognize these restaurants, artists and volunteers for their support in making this event possible.


  • Alphy’s Adobe Grill
  • CJ’s Café
  • Coco’s Restaurant
  • DePalo & Sons
  • F. McLintocks
  • Fins Seafood Restaurant
  • Honeymoon Café
  • Huckleberry’s
  • Jaffa Café
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Oceano Elks Chef Laura Madsen
  • Old Juan’s Cantina
  • Penny’s All American Café
  • Rosa’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Rooster Creek Tavern
  • Splash Café
  • Spyglass Inn
  • The Girl’s Restaurant
  • Chef Michael Stuart
  • House of Bread


  • Bob Nichols
  • Ben Trogdon
  • Dan Hall
  • Darcy Badiali
  • Gary Gall
  • Guyla Amyx
  • Mark Ellery
  • Mark Sensenbach
  • Paula Schaffner
  • Paula Teplitz
  • Richard Rowe
  • Shevon Sullivan
  • Alice Sennett
  • Charles Varni
  • Allan Hancock College Ceramics Students
  • Altrusa International of Cinco Ciudades
  • Anam-Cre’ Studio, Shevon Sullivan
  • Ben Doty & Arroyo Grande High School Ceramic Students
  • Annie Cappelli for her support firing the student bowls from Altrusa International

Planning Committee:

  • Anita James
  • Diane Cotter
  • Debbie Dorney
  • Betsy Ehrler
  • Gretchen Anderson
  • Shelly Higginbotham
  • Liz Howland


  1. Kristina Merriss says:

    Hi… I was sorry to see this is on a weekday, as I work in SLO and can’t attend. I would have loved to participate if it was on the weekend. Hope you have a great turn out!

  2. I too work in SLO and won’t be able to attend. Is there anything else I can to to help with this cause?

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