I think you should all be grateful to Jeff Katz and send him thanks and encouragement. And how about volunteering your time to some of the many committees? You might be able to help change or alter the laws to which you object. There are a couple of old trite quotations that come to mind but seem applicable here, “put your money where your mouth is,” and to paraphrase an old Indian quotation, “walk a mile in their shoes before being critical.”
Empty bowls filled with thanks
On March 1, the entire community turned out to support the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, a benefit for the Cooperstown Food Pantry. Local potters created over 400 beautiful bowls, more than 30 restaurants and individuals made the delicious soups and breads, and many businesses and individuals donated items for the raffle. Christ Church welcomed the event with open arms, over 320 people were served, and close to 40 volunteers ensured that it ran like clockwork. With the generous support of corporate sponsors Gordon B. Roberts Agency, NYCM Insurance, and Bieritz Insurance, the Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon generated net proceeds of $6,800 for the Cooperstown Food Pantry, bringing the total raised by this event over the past eight years to $44,620.
Our deepest thanks to all who helped make this event such a tremendous success, including the following businesses: Alex & Ika Restaurant, A Rose is a Rose, Augur’s Book Store, Bocca Osteria, Brewery Ommegang, Carefree Gardens / Origins Cafe, Cooley’s Stone House Tavern, Cooperstown Diner, Cooperstown Distillery, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Cooperstown Wine & Spirits, Danny’s Market, Doubleday Cafe, Dog Wild, Glimmerglass Alpacas, Inn at Cooperstown, Jackie’s Restaurant, Jive Cafe, Karen Katz Studio, Lemon Tree Shop, LM Townsend Catering, Mohican Florists, Nail Club, Nicoletta’s Cafe, The Otesaga, The Painter’s Farm, Price Chopper, Riverwood, Sal’s Pizzeria, Stagecoach Coffee, Toscana’s and The Tunnicliff Inn.
The list of selfless individuals who donated their time and talents is lengthy, and includes many of your friends and neighbors. Together we are supporting one of the most important services in Otsego County. We look forward to the day when there are no more “empty bowls.”
Co-chair, Empty Bowls