Thank You!

Reaching Record Heights

Empty Bowls 2015

Thank you to everyone for your support with Empty Bowls 2015! More than 180 people joined us on Saturday, September 19th for a record breaking event, raising over $100,000!

$54,000 will be added to our savings of $23,000 and will be used to construct a new ADA compliant ramp, build a protective awning for our lunch service line, install new windows, and paint our facility.The additional $54,000 will go towards our general operating expenses.

Together with dozens of committed volunteers, co-chairs Joann Godoy and JM Brown coordinated the dynamic evening at Pajaro Dunes. Local businesses and individuals throughout Santa Cruz County donated everything – the food, beer, wine, and silent and live auction items. All guests chose a beautiful hand crafted ceramic bowl. Santa Cruz Adult School’s George Dymesich and his students along the ceramic artists of Watsonville Aptos Adult Education and Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center produced over 200 beautiful bowls.  

Guests select their ceramic bowls.

Empty Bowls Guests enjoy the beautiful Pajaro Dunes.

Guests enjoy delicious appetizers donated by Five Star Catering.

In honor of our farmers and our talented kitchen manager Maria Gonzalez, the dinner this year was authentic Mexican, farm-to-table inspired cuisine, identical to the lunches served at Loaves and Fishes every weekday.

Executive Director Kristal Caballero and Board President
JM Brown captivated the audience, connecting the importance of farming, nutrition, food justice, and the work of Loaves and Fishes. Also presented was a beautiful slide show featuring the photos of volunteer Roger Vail. 

Dick and Marisela Peixoto of Lakeside Organic Gardens joined us as Honorary Chairs for the evening. We also recognized our partner farms High Ground Organics, Mesa Verde Gardens, and Prevedelli Farms.

Honorary Chair and Lakeside Organics Owner Dick Peixoto
listens to our tribute to farmers.

Long-time volunteer Tom Sak was awarded the Montague Award for his work in maintaining our technology and developing our client intake programs. City Manager Marcela Tavantzis addressed the audience, advocating for greater support of Loaves and Fishes, especially around our facility needs. Terry Medina, our beloved auctioneer, then started the Live Auction. The finale of the evening was the presentation of a special opportunity to support Loaves and Fishes facility’s needs.

Watsonville City Manager Marcela Tavantzis advocates for PVLF. 

Many generously answered the call, including Lou Jemison and Janice Manabe, MF Farming, Lakeside Organic Gardens, Bob and Bev Montague, Dave and Sandy DeBoer, Liz and Tom Phair, Lin Colavin, Corrine Flanagan and Rich Rubin, Bob and Patrice Keet, George Dymesich, Mark Doolittle and Mary Marshall, Glenn and Adele Eberhart, Bill and Alycia Kennedy, and 33 other supporters joined us in support of the PVLF “My House” project, contributing a total of $54,000!

 Watsonville Mayor Nancy Bilicich enjoys the evening.

Thanks to this generous support and these remarkable acts of kindness, we are now more strongly positioned than ever to achieve our goals and continue to feed the growing number of people in need of food assistance.

Thank you to all of our generous supporters who act out against food injustice, and keep our vital work running strong. It is a true honor to work along with all of you!