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‘Warm Bowls’ event to shine light on hunger

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Members of the Student Nurses Association (SNA) at Weatherford College Wise County hope to make an impact on their community, not just in their careers but also along the path they take to get there.

The organization, along with the Weatherford College Jazz Band, will host Warm Bowls – a fundraiser to help fill the nutrition need of Wise County residents by benefiting Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM).

Painting Bowls

PAINTING BOWLS – Whitney Lamance and her daughter, Harper, 3, glaze one of 29 bowls to be auctioned off at Warm Bowls next Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“The majority of our members live in this community and will potentially work in this community when we graduate,” said Kim Taylor, SNA president. “We hope to make a positive impact not only as nurses but as students, too.

“As a group, we have been really busy in the last year-and-a-half raising enough money to go to the SNA annual convention. We just went to that, and now we want to focus the remainder of our time at the school on a community project.”

The event is Tuesday, March 4, in the Weatherford College Wise County cafeteria.

It will feature delicious food from Dos Chiles restaurant in Bridgeport and the Decatur Civic Center, as well as a jazz concert and an auction of hand-crafted pottery bowls made by Jazz Band members and nursing students – a community project facilitated by Sunshine Glaze in Southlake.

“Twenty-nine people made a bowl,” Taylor said. “We got together Saturday to glaze them. It was a good time of fellowship for our group because we’re all so busy with our studies and families.

“Some people brought their kids, and the kids’ work was better than some of the adults. We are not artists; we are nurses,” she added with a laugh. “It was a really good turnout.”

It was at the prompting of their program director, Carin Adams, that the organization set out to assist the hungry in the community.

“The cause is very near and dear to my heart,” Taylor said. “I’ve benefited from the services WARM provides. Growing up, my parents needed their assistance, and they were there to help us … Most of the members of the Student Nurses Association have all had or know someone who has had a personal connection to WARM … WARM is like our baby, as far as our philanthropy.”

Members of the WCWC Student Nurses Association have made community service a tenet of their student practice. They started out collecting coats and cans for WARM. That effort continues with the presentation of Warm Bowls, a spinoff of the international grassroots effort known as Empty Bowls.

The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, they are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity – in this case, WARM.

Dinner is at 6 p.m., and a jazz concert will follow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The auction will cap off the evening.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting Taylor at 940-255-2228 or Stacy Wilkins in the WCWC business office at 940-626-3234. All proceeds go to WARM. Seating is limited.

Learn more about empty bowls at www.emptybowls.net/. Event sponsors include Wise Electric Cooperative and Mann Refrigeration.

“We’ve set a lofty goal of 250 people and $12,500, but we’d be happy with less than that,” Taylor said. “Any amount as a donation we can make to WARM would be a good thing.”

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