Empty Bowl Community Luncheon 2013

$38,000 Raised!

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to make our 2nd Empty Bowls event a success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.  Save the date, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014!

More than 750 bowls, created by 30 artists and many students, over 20 restaurants and more than 90 volunteers joined us in helping make this event possible.

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:

County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors, Martin Resorts,Ventana Health in affiliation with First Choice Partners, CoastHills Federal Credit Union, First Solar, Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Union Bank, Pacific Eye, Altrusa Intl. of Cinco Ciudades, Arroyo Grande Women’s Club, Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande, Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church, Keller Williams, Anita Shower, Nipomo Lions Club, Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery, Smart and Final, Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande, Bernie and Lennette Horton, Allan Real Estate Investments, Ameriprise Financial, Rudolph & Anne Bachmann, Brad’s Restaurant, 5 Cities Men’s Club, Jones Goodell & Associates, Osty Insurance, Rabobank, South County Youth Coalition, Sure Mortgage Solutions, Temple of the People. In-kind sponsors include St. Patrick’s Catholic Church,  SLOCO Data, Phase 1 Mobile DJ, Vivian Krug Photographer, Annie Cappelli, Ben Trogden.  Raffle donors include Rose Bartlett, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Gary Hartig, Giuseppe’s Cucina italiana, Katie Hartig, Shelly Higginbotham, Rich Lasiewski of Canyon Art of Arroyo Grande, Pat McCann, Bob Nichols, Pacifica Hotel Co., Penny Rodriquez, Rutiz Farms, Sierra Body Shop, SLO Veg, Talley Farms, Tolosa Winery and Charles Varni.

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
  • Honeymoon Café
  • Huckleberry’s
  • Jaffa Café
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Oceano Elks Chef Laura Madsen
  • Old Juan’s Cantina
  • Penny’s All American Café
  • The Girl’s Restaurant
  • Rooster Creek Tavern
  • Splash Café
  • Spyglass Inn
  • Chef Michael Stuart
  • House of Bread


  • Guyla Amyx
  • Mark Ellery
  • Gary Gall
  • Dan Hall
  • Bob Nichols
  • Paula Schaffner
  • Alice Sennett
  • Mark Sensenbach
  • Paula Teplitz
  • Ben Trogden
  • Charles Varni
  • Rebecca Wamsley
  • Allan Hancock College Ceramics Students
  • Students of Oceano Elementary & A.G. High School with support from 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:

  • Diane Cotter
  • Debbie Dorney
  • Katie Hartig
  • Shelly Higginbotham
  • Anita James
  • Paula Schaffner
  • Debbie Volz
  • Cici Wynn

Event Volunteers:

  • ECO Rotary Club
  • Union Bank Employees
  • Steve Adams
  • Gretchen Anderson
  • Ann Bachman
  • Karen Barron
  • Shirley Bilyeu
  • Terri Bledsoe
  • Lynette Borghman
  • Tucker Brofft
  • Veronica Cablayan
  • Anita Caracci
  • Joanne Carroll
  • Tom Clough
  • Patti Diefenderfer
  • Carolyn Dominguez
  • Bill Dorland
  • Joan Dralle
  • Kevin Drabinski, Office of Assemblyman Achadjian
  • Betsy Ehrler
  • Alice Garcia
  • Deb Geaslen, Office of 4th Dist. Supervisor
  • Cindy Giambalvo
  • Joe Giambalvo
  • Wyatt Greenleaf
  • Sara Gulino
  • Paul Henlin
  • Bruce Hensley
  • Peg Hensley
  • Shirley Hinzo
  • Melanie Hodges
  • Cathy Hoenig
  • Ethan Howland
  • Keith Howland
  • Mariah Hunter
  • Bob James
  • Ben Kohlbush
  • Abby Lassen
  • Amelia Leon
  • Priscilla Marillo
  • Devan Matthews
  • Marty Meltz
  • Jean Miller
  • Joanne Miller
  • Donna Milne
  • Laurie Morgan
  • Veronica Neves
  • Elaine Parrent
  • Michael Passerelli
  • Sue Reddy
  • Robert Robert
  • Raine Ross
  • Olivia Scholz
  • Ann Sebastian
  • Koni Shaff
  • Anita Shower
  • Camelia Sioreia
  • Chantelle Sioreia
  • Linda Smith
  • Chris Soto
  • Maggie Summers
  • Josh Tallant
  • Andrea Torrejon
  • Ben Trogden
  • Joanna Van Blaricom
  • Margaret Walker
  • Josiah Webster
  • Tricia Witt
  • Fred Wolf


  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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