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On the Town: Supporters eat soup, assist families in need

April 03, 2012|By David Laurell
  • Family Promise Executive Director Jacqueline White filling bowls to help fill the Family Promise coffers at the St. Finbar Community Center.
Family Promise Executive Director Jacqueline White…

While this past week saw millions of Americans wishing, hoping and praying for those magical numbers that would result in their collecting a $656-million lottery prize, one of the more realistic and sustained wishes, hopes and prayers is that every family could have a safe and comfortable home, a prosperous and honorable livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.

That is certainly the daily wish, hope and prayer of Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley, the staff, board and supporters of which gathered for their second annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the St. Finbar Community Center on March 25.

While the day was dreary and cold outside, inside the center the warmth of bellies filled with hot soup mirrored the warmth of the gathering's spirit of benevolence. Welcomed by the organization's Executive Director Jacqueline White, President Harold Jordan, Vice President and event Chairwoman Mary Adney and Past President Jenny Greene, hundreds of Burbankers perused tables filled with ceramic bowls that had been handcrafted by local artisans from the Burbank Creative Arts Center, McGroarty Art Center and Glendale's Hoover High School Potters. With a bowl selected, they then moved on to the soup line to have it filled with their choice of soups that had been donated by Café Victory, California Pizza Kitchen, Gary Bric's Ramp, Granville Café, Pomodoro and the Riverside Café.

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Among the attendees who enjoyed the day and left with soup-warmed stomachs and their bowl — a reminder of the hunger and uncertainty homeless families face on a daily basis — were St. Finbar pastor the Rev. Albert Bahhuth, Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy and former Councilman Tim Murphy. Others who supported the event with their presence included Bill Luddy, Richard Harris, Beth Marcus, Ellissa Weekely, Michael and Karen Hirsh, Ruth Amlauer Devine, Richard and Lila Ramirez, Ken and Bea Wainwright, Mary Christensen, Chris and Jackie Kelley, the Rev. Wade Mikels and his wife, Cheryl, Phil and Linda Simmons, Maya Lazar, Ira and Tobi Lippman, Alex Feder, Janice Ng, Regina Palamara, Jennifer Smith Greene, Jerry Smith, Kathy Purdy, Nancy Kachline, Eric Michael and Jasmine Mila Cap.

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