Bowls emptied to help fill Community Food Share Coffers

A lunch enjoyed last year, this group shows off their 'Empty Bowls' at the Community Food Share fundraiser on Saturday. Clockwise from left: Kiersti McMillan, Debbie Westenbroek, Tina Gasser, Melisse McMillan, Corri VanderVeen and Dianna Milne. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

150 patrons raise $6,200 for cause

WILLIAMSBURG — They came away with empty bowls — not empty handed — and in the end topped up Community Food Share finances to the tune of $6,200.

One hundred and fifty tickets were sold for the local food bank fundraiser, with each patron enjoying a soup meal and keeping the special handcrafted ceramic bowl it was served in.

“People were lined up to get in,” reported Community Food Share Administrator Ian McKelvie in the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church hall that hosted the Feb. 10 event.

McKelvie said the funds raised would be helpful at this point in the winter. “There’s a little bit of a lull in events at this time of year and we’re a little bit low at the food bank.”

The $6,200 sum includes a matching contribution through Chesterville’s Scotiabank branch, on each of 110 tickets sold by employees at that location.

It was the second year for the event, which proved a hit in its 2017 debut.

Among the local potters donating their handiwork to this year’s effort was a team of 11 led by Debbie Gilmer, who teaches the craft.

In all, Gilmer, Gwen Anderson, Heidi Blokland, Joan Cox, Robbie Giles, Debbie Gilmer, Suzanne Hill, Joy Jackson, Marie MacGillivray, Debra McLean, Monique O’Brien, Amber Payne, Jenny Rijke, Dwight Saunders and Diane Sullivan formed the glazed clay bowls served up that afternoon.

The catering was a combined effort that drew upon the donated culinary talents of: Winchelsea Events; Cup of Jo’s; Simply Baked’s Cheryl Beasley, Anne Carriere and Claire Faguy; The Right Bite’s Ashley Small; Dawn Korteweg; Sabina de Stecher; Tasty Indulgences’ Sue Torrance; and Diane Lacasse.

Refreshments were provided courtesy of  Mike Dean’s Chesterville Heritage Market; Coffey’s Coffee; and Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church.

McKelvie also expressed thanks to the many volunteers who worked to make the lunch a success behind the counter and — in Kayla Droppo’s case — behind the ivories. Droppo played piano for the duration of the lunch as guest musician (seen in video below).



RSVP with The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry … to enjoy complimentary refreshments and to provide feedback on Community Improvement Plans.

Posted by Nation Valley News on Monday, February 12, 2018

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