Harvesting Hope Festival, Oct. 26, 2014


Get Your Tickets Now For Oct. 26 Event

Get Your Tickets Now For This Sunday!

Eventbrite - Harvesting Hope Festival 2014 Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Harvesting Hope Festival, happening Sunday, October 26 in Nipomo at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Clubhouse, 1645 Trilogy Parkway. You may purchase your tickets clicking the ticket button at left.  A small admin fee applies for online ticket sales.  If you prefer you may purchase tickets at the door, or in advance at the Monarch Clubhouse or by contacting 5Cities Homeless Coalition at (805) 574-1638.

The Harvesting Hope Festival is a celebration of locally handcrafted art, food and wines. Produced by the Trilogy Service Club, the event showcases the works of local artists, wineries and the residents of Trilogy at Monarch Dunes. The event is a fundraising benefit with all proceeds benefiting the 5Cities Homeless Coalition and Nipomo Food Basket. The 5Cities Homeless Coalition will use these proceeds to benefit homeless children and their families in the South County.

Come any time between Noon and 4:00 p.m. to enjoy a simple meal of hearty homemade soups in handcrafted bowls with bread. For a $25 donation you choose a handcrafted bowl made by members of the Trilogy Service Club. Enjoy the meal, keep the bowl and know you have helped to make a difference.

Stroll the grounds to enjoy great music by Pacific Swing and Harpist Toni Destro, sample local wines and peruse the works of local artists. Local wineries offering tastings for a $10 donation include Toucan Wines, c-NagyCalcareous Vineyard, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, and Sinor –LaVallee.

Many thanks to these event sponsors:

Platinum: Valley Pharmacy Services

Gold: Dr. Gregg Wolff • Walmart

Silver: Murphy/Del – Monarch Dunes Resale Team • West Coast Sales & Marketing Frehner Wealth Management • Donna’s Interiors • Trilogy Shea Homes ELG Haniel Metals Corp. • SESLOC Credit Union • Sahara Construction

Bronze: Modelhom Furniture & Design • CoastHills Federal Credit Union • Baker R-V Storage • Emma Lane Nipomo Rexall • Susan’s Clothing • Nipomo Green Cleaners • Dr. Robert Firestone • California Chiropractic Gus Van Der Stad Landscaping • Bernie & Lennette Horton • Beck & Cale Physical Therapy • Brent & Fran NorrisAdditionally there is a raffle for great prizes, and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Nipomo Food Basket.

Featured Artists Include:

  • MINNIE ANDERSON – Graphite & Acrylic Paintings
  • MARILYN DOVER BENSON – Fine Art by Marilyn
  • MICHELLE ELLIS – Artistic Accents Décor & Pillows
  • SHARON GELLERMAN – Color Vibe Designs silk scarves
  • RICHARD GORDON – Gordon’s wood creations
  • JULIE GRIMES – Julietta’s Naturals beauty products
  • LESLIE HUNSTAD – Battle Dress bronze jewelry
  • CATHERINE KITCHO – Author, books
  • ED KUHN – Woodworking, Wine cork trivets
  • MARGARETA LUND – Jewelry, Watercolor, Oil, Cards
  • MIKE MC NUTT – Roasted M Studios
  • ROBBINS FAMILY FARM – Olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, Sweets
  • JOHN ROSE & JANICE STONE – Rose and Stone Pottery
  • LORRI TROGDON – Watercolor, Acrylic, Tiles, Glassware
  • BEATRICE VILLEGAS – Miniature watercolors
  • JACKIE WALLS – Dog apparel, American Doll accessories
  • BONNIE WERRING & DOROTHY ROSE – Fused, Stained Glass

Here’s some photos from last year’s event!

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

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