Lake City Secondary Empty Bowls and Talent Night master of ceremonies Sky Moses (left) has fun introducing the talented Nikoleta Konstantaki for her song. Several birthdays were also celebrated with the audience joining in singing Happy Birthday.

Lake City Secondary Empty Bowls and Talent Night master of ceremonies Sky Moses (left) has fun introducing the talented Nikoleta Konstantaki for her song. Several birthdays were also celebrated with the audience joining in singing Happy Birthday.

Lake City Secondary event raises $1,000 for food bank

After expenses the very well attended Lake City Secondary School’s Empty Bowls and Talent Night raised $1,000 for the food bank.

After expenses the very well attended Lake City Secondary School’s Empty Bowls and Talent Night raised $1,000 for the food bank, says event co-ordinator and art teacher Siobhan Wright.

“We sold about 120 bowls and made about $1,000 after our expenses,” Wright says of the event held Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Williams Lake Campus.

“There were more than 200 people who attended the event.”

Many people bought the bowls made by students ($10 single/$15 for two) that came with soup and a bun, while many others paid a $2 entry fee just to see the amazing talent show held at the Williams Lake Campus.

There was a choice between a delicious beef barley or spicy lemon lentil soup made by teachers Caitlin Sabatino and Denise Beauchamp and their students.

Wright said the event also received welcome support from Save-On Foods, Safeway, Walk-Rite Shoe Store and Karen’s Place Restaurant.

The event is part of the Poverty Challenge initiative started more than a year ago by William Lakes area teachers, support staff, administrators and students to raise awareness about poverty in our community and funds for the Williams Lake food bank.

Retired district support worker Grant MacLeod, accompanied by Catherine Getz, Danielle Mader and School District 27 Superintendent of Schools Mark Thiessen recently presented $10,000 raised by the Poverty Challenge for the food bank to the Salvation Army’s Cpt. Randy Kadonaga.

Macleod said the funds were raised over the past six months in projects ranging from waffle and ice cream sales at the schools to private donations  and a silent auction and musical entertainment evening for adults hosted by teachers in November, 2013.