On Thursday evening, April 16, Community Lifeline Center supporters attended the improved Empty Bowls event at the MPAC in downtown McKinney. In years past, the event was held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church; about 300 people came last year. This year, attendance showed an impressive increase of at least 450. Last year’s donation was nearly $10,000. This year, dollars raised for CLC’s Lifeline Market were nearly $23K, according to the McKinney Courier-Gazette page 1 story on Sunday, April 19, 2015. This amount includes a grant from McKinney Community Development Corporation and sponsorships.
Another change this year was the format: nearly a dozen McKinney vendors set up tables and offered free tasting of soups, gumbo and mac-n-cheese. There were no limits to tastings, so patrons left with full tummies. The entire effort was to focus on needs right here in North Collin County so that no one need be hungry. To meet this need, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the CLC Lifeline Market at the CLC Center provides makings of meals to more than 25 families a week including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This year, bowls made and donated by local artists were on display and available for purchase. McKinney High School students alone gave over 100 bowls. Some bowls were auctioned on-line before the event .
Public support of the Community Lifeline Center is greatly appreciated. With your help, the CLC is able to continue to assist our neighbors who have an unexpected crisis that disrupts their lives. CLC helps in more ways than providing groceries, but what a comfort those groceries are to hungry children and their parents and grandparents. So thank you to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, The Parks Church, restaurants and culinary specialists, and artists. And thank you to the many who attended the event and enjoyed the fare, the fun, and the fashionable bowls.
The next opportunity for the general public to have some fun while supporting the CLC is ‘Courtyards, Concerts, and Cars at Tucker Hill’ on May 16. Join us from 5 to 8 pm, and for only $5 tour several gardens and two homes. All proceeds will go to support Community Lifeline Center. Download flyer