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Front Cover: Empty Bowl raises record amount

The 12th Annual Empty Bowl event held Tuesday raised a record $58,559 -- a 5 percent increase over 2005 and a new record for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

The 12th Annual Empty Bowl event held Tuesday raised a record $58,559 -- a 5 percent increase over 2005 and a new record for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

"We couldn't be happier," said Jeff Anderson, the event's volunteer chair. "The community owns this event and we couldn't do it without the support we receive. Empty Bowl depends on artists who literally donate their livelihoods, school children and students, restaurants, bakers, volunteers, sponsors, contributors, and the community members who attend Empty Bowl."

Although event day attendance was down about 6 percent, the Silent Auction, sales of t-shirts and sweatshirts -- a new addition in 2006 -- and sponsorship support boosted this year's totals and net revenue will exceed 2005.

"We have been able to access more national food donations since donors have become aware of America's Second Harvest -- our national affiliate -- following Hurricane Katrina," said Shaye Moris, the food bank's executive director. "The proceeds raised from Empty Bowl will allow our food bank to rescue even more food and ensure we are able to meet the increased cost of transportation for this available product. This event not only helps our food bank but ensures donated product for 140 hunger fighting programs in our region."

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