Rapid City Rush support Empty Bowls Event

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

For the past 6 years, Feeding South Dakota has held the Empty Bowls Event to raise hunger awareness. And on Tuesday, they got some help getting ready.

The Rapid City Rush hockey team rolled up their sleeves and replaced their sticks with brushes at Pottery 2 Paint. Each ceramic bowl the team painted will be donated for the Empty Bowls Event, which helps support the BackPack Program.

The 6th Annual Empty Bowls Event will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on April 12. Attendees eat out of a hand-painted bowl as a reminder of those who go hungry.

The community can also paint a bowl for $10, with $3 going toward the fundraiser. Last year, 500 bowls were painted, raising nearly $25,000.

It’s not required for every bowl to be a masterpiece. And Rush Forward Evan Janssen said that not every one of his teammates is necessarily artistic.

“There's some pretty bad painters over here,” Janssen said. “Especially Gustav Bourraman. Looks like a first-grader."

Chairperson for the Empty Bowls Committee, Jennifer Hauf, said she enjoys seeing the community supporting the cause.

"I love seeing the different bowls that they paint,” Hauf said. “It's just one of those things that continues to grow every year and I know Pottery Paint is extremely excited every year to have this painting party."

With the purchase of an Empty Bowls Event ticket, everyone in attendance can choose a bowl and enjoy food and entertainment.

The community has until the end of March donate painted bowls or buy tickets.

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