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Empty Bowl fundraiser benefits Center of Hope Shelter, 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Oct 25, 2015 From staff reports

The event allows guests to enjoy a simple dinner to emulate meals one might have at a soup kitchen.

Volunteers of America will hold its annual Empty Bowl Event 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Fremont Hall.

All funds raised at Empty Bowl go directly to the Center of Hope detoxification and rehabilitation facility in Riverton.

"The evening will be a wonderful way to not only raise money, but raise awareness," COH program director Shelley Mbonu said.

"We will have a silent auction, live music and a costume contest with prizes and games for kids while enjoying gourmet soups and taking home bowls made by community members."

VOA operates the COH which partners with the city of Riverton and Fremont County to offer three days of close observation, as well as 14 days of social detoxification and up to three months transitional living to clients.

Tickets for the event are available at the door with costs of $25 for families of up to six people, $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Children 5 and under get in free.

"This event allows guests to enjoy a 'simple' dinner to emulate meals one might have at a soup kitchen," VOA Wyoming director of development and major gifts Skye Heeren said.

"The bowls can be taken home to serve as a reminder throughout the year."

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